A 49-year-old Indiana grandmother of five was sentenced by a federal judge to three years probation and a $500 fine after pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor count of “parading in a Capitol building” during the Jan. 6 riot.
Anna Morgan-Lloyd, who is a hair salon owner, is the first of more than 500 defendants to be sentenced for taking part in the Capitol riot. She appeared in a virtual hearing before U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth on Wednesday to formally apologize and accept her sentencing. The Department of Justice asked for and received sentencing that included a $500 fine, 120 hours of community service, and three years of probation, WUSA9 reported.
An affidavit that was filed in federal court in February said that an employee at the Greene County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Office stated that Morgan-Lloyd had posted about being at the Capitol on January 6 when she applied for a gun permit. The sheriff’s department proceeded to review her Facebook account and found a number of posts with Morgan-Lloyd and her friend Dona Sue Bissey allegedly inside the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. She reportedly commented on Facebook that it was the “best day ever.”
“We stormed the capital [sic] building me and Dona Bissey were in the first 50 people in,” Morgan-Lloyd allegedly bragged online. Bissey was taken into custody in Indiana in February and Morgan-Lloyd was arrested in Florida last March. They were each charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
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Morgan-Lloyd is not the first to agree to plead guilty in the Jan. 6 case, but she is the first to be sentenced. The DOJ filed a sentencing memo with the court that noted her lack of criminal history. They contended that the two days she served in jail could be “eye-opening and serve as a deterrent to future criminal conduct.” The DOJ also seemed satisfied with her “expressed contrition for her conduct.”
“In a letter to the Court, the Defendant state that she was ‘ashamed that something meant to show support for the President had turned violent,’” the DOJ stated. “’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.’”
“I would have never been there if I had a clue that it was going to turn out that way,” she told the judge. “That was so disgraceful to the American people and so disgraceful to this country.”
H. Heather Shaner, Morgan-Lloyd’s attorney, said that since her arrest, her client has expressed a willingness to learn more about U.S. history and has “revisited” her ideas on government policy towards different racial and ethnic groups. “She recognizes that January 6 may have been a euphoric date for her, but it has been a trauma for many in our country,” Shaner remarked.
“Though she supported the past president in January, she totally accepts President Biden as the leader of our country,” said Shaner.
The attorney also sought to downplay Morgan-Lloyd’s involvement that day as well, claiming she was “among the least culpable of the individuals who went from listening to the ex-President’s speech to walking down to the Capitol at his admonition.”
#CapitolRiot: Judge Royce Lambert says he has "struggled" with the appropriate sentence for Morgan-Lloyd: "I view, and I think the court views, this as a serious crime. This was not a peaceful demonstration. It’s not an accident that it became violent." @wusa9 @EricFlackTV
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) June 23, 2021
The judge claimed that he struggled with the grandmother’s sentencing. But in the end, he went with what the DOJ recommended.
“Some of my defendants in my other cases think there’s no consequence to this. There is a consequence. And it bothers me,” Lamberth remarked. “I don’t want to create the perception here that probation is the automatic sentence, because it’s not going to be. I’m especially troubled by members of Congress who said that day was just another walk through the Capitol. I don’t know what planet they were on, but there were millions of people who watched coverage of January 6 and saw what you saw, which was a disgrace to our country.”
He also warned Morgan-Lloyd on receiving probation: “Probation comes once in a lifetime,” the judge said. “And this is your once. I say to you, if I get a report of a violation, you come with your bags packed. It’s not whether or not you’re going, it’s how long you’re going to jail.”
The sentencing was mocked by many on Twitter:
Only probation for an “insurrection” 🤣
— WestCoast_Life (@westcoast_lyfe) June 23, 2021
Insurrection? Did she use her hairdresser scissors as a weapon? What a joke
— Michael Vassar (@michaelgvassar) June 23, 2021
Unarmed “insurrection”. Must be a first in history.
— Rio Scuderi (@scuderi_rio) June 23, 2021
She’s guilty of…*checks notes*…”parading.”
— Amy Ratto (@amykins66) June 23, 2021
For clarity. Parading is illegal if you have government wrong think pic.twitter.com/k15z0IZ077
— Supreme Emperor Longstaffe (@NickLongstaffe) June 23, 2021
Disgraceful. DOJ and FBI using political prosecution . There was no insurrection.
— Common Sense (@nevrcomplicated) June 23, 2021
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