Woman placed on probation, marking first sentencing in connection with Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Prosecutors said that she was in the Capitol around 10 minutes and did not participate in any violence or perpetrate any property damage.
U.S. Capitol behind fence with razor wire on Jan. 16, 2021
U.S. Capitol behind fence with razor wire on Jan. 16, 2021
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Anna Morgan-Lloyd of Indiana has been placed on probation in the first sentence connected with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in Washington D.C.

She pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol and the government dropped three additional charges which were all misdemeanors, according to NBC News. The woman was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to carry out 40 hours of community service as well as to shell out $500 in restitution. 

"I would just like to apologize to the court, the American people, and my family," Morgan-Lloyd said to Judge Royce Lamberth. "I went there to show support for President Trump peacefully, and I’m ashamed that it became a savage display of violence."

Prosecutors said that she was in the Capitol for around 10 minutes and that she did not participate in any violence or perpetrate any property damage, according to the outlet.

She admitted in court to driving to the nation's capital to go to the "Save America" rally near the White House, NBC News noted. She and her friend walked to the Capitol and were some of the people who entered the building. Morgan-Lloyd's friend Dona Sue Bissey has not yet made any plea regarding misdemeanor charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to the outlet.

The outlet reported that according to court documents Morgan-Lloyd made comments on social media during the days after the riot that included statements like, "It was a day I'll remember forever. I'm proud that I was part of it!" and "That was the most exciting day of my life."

But according to NBC News, prosecutors said that Morgan-Lloyd's initial attitude "appears to have been tempered by a realization of the consequences of her actions."

Morgan-Lloyd's lawyer said the woman "does not intend or expect to ever again break the law."

"I felt ashamed that something meant to show support for the president had turned violent," Morgan-Lloyd said in a written statement.

"Though she supported the past president in January, she totally accepts President Biden as the leader of our country," her lawyer Heather Shaner said, according to the outlet. 

NBC News reported that while the charge has a maximum penalty of six months of jail time, prosecutors said Morgan-Lloyd had cooperated with investigators, recognized her responsibility, shown remorse and she does not have any criminal record.