Tennessee man is fifth to plead guilty in US Capitol riot

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 24, 2021

He faces up to six months in jail.

Taking her remorse into account, prosecutors recommended three years of probation for Morgan-Lloyd, on condition she complete community service requirements and pay $500 in damages.

A United States federal judge handed down the first sentence on Wednesday against someone charged with taking part in the Capitol riot, with the defendant avoiding prison time after expressing remorse.

"I have really struggled with what would be an appropriate sentence", Lamberth said.

Under a deal with prosecutors, the government dropped three other misdemeanour charges against Morgan-Lloyd as she "did not personally engage in physical violence against law enforcement or destroy any government property".

A friend who accompanied Lloyd to the Capitol later posted multiple photos on Facebook, with one caption reading, "Inside Capitol Building".

But Morgan-Lloyd cooperated with prosecutors after her arrest.

In the days following the riot, Morgan-Lloyd posted several messages on social media, according to court documents.

Anna Morgan-Lloyd pleaded guilty for her role in the US Capitol riot. "For that, I am sorry and take responsibility".

In a letter written to the judge in support of probation, Morgan-Lloyd said she "felt ashamed" that the riot had turned violent and apologized for the chaos that day.

"Ms. Shaner also said her client has now seen films like "Burning Tulsa" and read books like "Schindler's List" to learn about "'government policy' toward native Americans, African Americans and European Jews". Lloyd had been invited by her hairdresser to hear Trump speak on January 6.

"She did this to educate herself and to learn the American history she was not taught in school", the attorney wrote.

Also on Wednesday, a member of the right-wing extremist Oath Keepers group pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding. Dozens of accused rioters are in early plea discussions, according to prosecutors, with almost a dozen rioters having pleaded guilty to charges so far.

"Did you knowingly enter the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, knowing that it was impermissible for you to do so?"

Wednesday's legal developments come one week after U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said the agency still has an "enormous task ahead" with the arrests and prosecutions linked to January 6.

Morgan-Lloyd's sentence could indicate there might be variation in other defendants' punishments, depending on the charges against them and their levels of cooperation.

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