On June 23, a district court judge sentenced an Indiana woman to three years of probation and ordered her to pay $500 in restitution for her participation in the January 6 riots at the Capitol. The ruling comes after Anna Morgan-Lloyd, 49, pled guilty to one misdemeanor charge of engaging in parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building. Her sentence is the first related to the Capitol riots.
Although Morgan-Lloyd says she now regrets participating, she went to Washington, D.C., to support former President Donald Trump at the “Stop the Steal” rally. According to CNBC, she told the court that she had peaceful intentions, did not cause any harm to any individuals or property, and was “ashamed that it became a savage display of violence.”
“It was never my intent to be a part of something that’s so disgraceful to our American people and so disgraceful to our country. I just want to apologize,” Morgan-Lloyd said. Morgan-Lloyd breeched the Capitol building and was inside for about 10 minutes.
Morgan-Lloyd’s Sentence May Serve as Precedent
Prosecutors have charged nearly 500 people for their participation in the riots, including two other defendants who pleaded guilty at separate hearings. Her light sentence may serve as a precedent for other participants who face similar low-level charges.
Both prosecutors and the defense offered several reasons why the court should not sentence Morgan-Lloyd to prison. These include that she had not planned to breach the Capitol, did not engage in violence, took prompt responsibility for her actions, and cooperated with the authorities, including allowing them to search her cell phone.
Judge Royce Lamberth, the judge presiding at Morgan-Lloyd’s hearing, struggled to find an appropriate punishment for Morgan-Lloyd. “I don’t want to create the impression that probation is the automatic outcome here, because it’s not going to be,” he said.
In the end, he says he gave her a lighter sentence because she accepted responsibility for her actions and expressed contrition.
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