Anna Morgan-Lloyd of Indiana was placed on probation in the first sentence connected with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection in Washington, D.C.
According to NBC News, she pleaded guilty to a charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol, and the government dropped three additional charges, which were all misdemeanors. 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.”
According to CNN Politics, Morgan-Lloyd does not have to serve time in jail because she did not participate in violence, she did not coordinate with anyone before January 6, she only spent 10 minutes inside of one hallway in the Capitol, she cooperated with investigators, she expressed regret, and she does not have a criminal record.
“Some of these defendants are not going to do what you did. They’re not going to say they did anything wrong. They, to this day, would still participate in the demonstration,” Judge Royce Lamberth said. “I don’t want to create the impression that probation is the automatic outcome here, because it’s not going to be.”
“This wasn’t a peaceful demonstration… it wasn’t an accident that turned violent.”
On January 6, Morgan-Lloyd posted “best day ever” on Facebook.
Morgan-Lloyd wrote a letter to the judge about her remorse and how her political views have changed since the deadly insurrection.
“I felt ashamed that something meant to show support for the President has turned violent,” Morgan-Lloyd wrote. “This is not the way to prove any point. At first, it didn’t dawn on me, but later I realized that if every person like me, who wasn’t violent, was removed from that crowd, the ones who were violent may have lost the nerve to do what they did. For that, I am sorry and take responsibility. It was never my intent to help empower people to act violently.”
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.