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Indiana Woman Gets Probation In 1st Capitol Riot Sentencing

Indiana Woman Gets Probation In 1st Capitol Riot Sentencing

Anna Morgan-Lloyd traveled from Indiana to Washington, DC with her hairdresser friend to take part in the January 6th attack on the Capitol in the attempt to stop Congress from tallying the electoral college votes that would certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election. Now, in the first sentencing stemming from the insurrection, the 49-year-old Morgan-Lloyd  pleaded guilty to a single charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol building.

In return, the government has dropped three other charges, all of them misdemeanors.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Protesters interact with Capitol Police inside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Her friend, Dona Sue Bissey, also faces misdemeanor charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct stemming from the riot but has not entered a plea.

Prosecutors said Morgan-Lloyd spent about 10 minutes inside the Capitol on the day of the riot and did not engage in any violent conduct or damage any property. Morgan-Lloyd admitted in court to driving to Washington to attend the “Save America” rally near the White House. She and Bissey then walked to the Capitol and joined other members of the mob who crossed police lines and went inside.

With the number of people arrested approaching 500, it was the first of what government officials said would likely be similar proceedings for the hundreds of people who also face low-level charges. Morgan-Lloyd was sentenced in federal court in Washington, DC, on Wednesday to three years of probation and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and pay $500 in restitution.

The charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail. But prosecutors said Morgan-Lloyd was cooperative with investigators, admitted her responsibility, expressed remorse, and has no criminal history. However, in the days following the riot, Morgan-Lloyd posted several messages on social media, according to court documents. In one, she gushed, “It was a day I’ll remember forever. I’m proud that I was part of it!” In another post, she said, “That was the most exciting day of my life.”

Morgan-Lloyd’s lawyer excused the posts by saying her initial bravado “appears to have been tempered by a realization of the consequences of her actions” and “though she supported the past president in January, she totally accepts President Biden as the leader of our country.”

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