A real estate agent from suburban Dallas who pretended to be involved in the January 6 riots at the US Capitol Bragged on social media and later that she is not going to jail because she is fair, has blond hair and was sentenced on Thursday to two months for a good job.
While some rioters sentenced to the same misdemeanor convictions have received only probation or home imprisonment, prosecutors sought imprisonment for Jennifer Leigh Ryan of Frisco, Texas, who she said was attacked when a pro-Trump mob attacked her. Has shown a lack of candor and remorse for his actions. Delay in Congress’s certification of Capitol Building and Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
She also said that Ryan’s belief that she has been spared shows that she does not understand the gravity of her crime.
Ryan was not facing a felony for more serious conduct, but U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper said she was still among the mob, which increased police numbers in an attack that killed five people. and will have a lasting impact on government institutions.
Although Ryan said he was sorry for his actions, Cooper questioned whether she was remorseful and respected the law.
“Your actions since January 6 have made me suspect some of those things,” the judge said.
Prosecutors said Ryan traveled to Washington on a jet chartered by a Facebook friend, described Trump’s rally as a prelude to war before the riots, livestreamed his entry into the building as the alarm went off, “Fight for Trump ” she tweeted a photo next to broken windows outside the Capitol and later said she deserved a medal for what she did.
Her lawyer replied that she was only in the building for two minutes, did not act violently and has a First Amendment right to speak on social media.
The judge then referred to Ryan’s March 26 tweet in which she wrote, “Definitely not going to jail. Sorry, I have blonde hair, fair skin, a great future and I’m not going to jail.” . Sorry for raining on your hate parade. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
In a letter to the judge, Ryan refused to believe she was free from punishment, saying she was responding to those who made fun of her appearance and asked her to be imprisoned. She said her lawyer had told her at the time that prosecutors would recommend a sentence of probation.
“I was attacked and I was responding to them,” Ryan said in court.
She is the 10th person to be jailed or jailed for the January 6 attack. More than 650 people have been charged for their actions at the Capitol.
Prosecutors said Ryan has since downplayed the violence at the Capitol and falsely claimed to probation officers that he didn’t know there was a riot until he arrived at the Capitol, even though he himself was in a hotel room with rioters. Watching news coverage. Capitol Walls.
After the riots, Ryan said he faced a backlash that included death threats, public heckling and graffiti painted on his real estate signs. She said that she would have to change her name and change her disguise in public.
Ryan tweeted a photo of himself next to broken windows and holding his fingers in the V sign, with the caption, “Windows at the Capital. And if the news doesn’t stop lying about us we’ll be at his studio.” Coming later…”
Shortly after, Ryan posted another tweet about a mob damaging equipment belonging to news organizations including the Associated Press. She tweeted that it was a “quiet moment” when the rioters “went to town on AP equipment.”
Ryan is expected to serve his sentence In January.
Also on Thursday, a Maryland woman who participated in a mob attack was sentenced to three years’ probation, including two months of home custody.
Brittany Angelina Dillon said her actions at the Capitol were “unforgivable and unacceptable.” He described January 6 as the worst day of his life.
“I never want to set foot in Washington, DC again, and I love that city,” she said. “I don’t want to think about that day. It’s terrible.”
Judge Dabney Frederick said the text messages show that Dillon apparently feared violence when she went to Washington on January 6 and intended to do her part to prevent Congress from attesting to Biden’s victory.
The judge said she was disturbed by statements made by Dillon before and after the riots, which referred to law enforcement officers as “the devil.”
“The attack he took part in was an attack on the institutions of our government, the rule of law, and our democratic process,” Frederick said.
According to prosecutors, Dillon pushed through a crowd of rioters to reach the Capitol’s entrance, but was pushed back before proceeding beyond the threshold of the building.
He was not charged with involvement in any violence or damage to property. Dillian pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct at the Capitol building in July. _____ Billoud reported from Phoenix and Kunzelman from College Park, Maryland.