A Texas realtor named Jenna Ryan expressed deep regret for her actions during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge after striking a plea deal with prosecutors.
Ryan was arrested on Jan. 15 and her home was searched by federal investigators after she posted a video on her social media accounts that showed her breaking into the Capitol. She stated in the video, “We are going to f***ing go in here. Life or death, it doesn’t matter. Here we go.” She also posted a photo of her standing next to a broken window at the Capitol flashing a peace sign, captioning it: “window at The capital. And if the news doesn’t stop lying about us we’re going to come after their studios next.”
Ryan had pleaded with former President Trump for a pardon but was not granted one. She proceeded to bitterly turn on Trump and blame him for her actions. “I bought into a lie, and the lie is the lie, and it’s embarrassing,” Ryan remarked. “I regret everything.”
“Not one patriot is standing up for me,” she told The Washington Post. “I’m a complete villain. I was down there based on what my president said: ‘Stop the steal.’ Now I see that it was all over nothing. He was just having us down there for an ego boost. I was there for him.”
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Following her participation in the riot, she tweeted: “We just stormed the Capital. It was one of the best days of my life.”
Ryan took a private plane to the riot on Jan. 6. She joined a mob of protesters that entered the Capitol that day and bragged on social media about her actions. Prosecutors proceeded to use those videos against her in court. Now, in a sad attempt to save herself, she has cut a deal with D.C. prosecutors in an attempt to avoid prison time.
She pleaded guilty to one charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol during her plea agreement hearing, according to Business Insider.
She will also pay $500 in restitution for the damages to the Capitol and she will have a sentencing hearing in November, where it’s possible she could get up to six months in jail.
#CapitolRiot: Judge Cooper sets an in-person sentencing hearing for Jennifer "Jenna" Ryan for November 4. The DOJ has not made any agreements about what sentence they will request at that time. @wusa9
— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) August 19, 2021
Originally, Ryan was charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; violent entry and disorderly conduct in a capitol building; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a capitol building. In March, she pleaded not guilty to all of the charges leveled against her.
In the criminal complaint that was filed against Ryan, FBI special agent Amie Stemen said she knowingly entered a restricted building where the vice president was present and engaged in disruptive conduct in the Capitol intending to interrupt the session of Congress.
The FBI asserts that Ryan traveled to D.C. with Jason Hyland and Katherine Schwab. Then they were recorded on video entering the Capitol together through the Rotunda door. While inside the Capitol, federal investigators claim Ryan was chanting with the crowd “Fight for Trump!” as Capitol alarms started blaring.
Investigators noted that while Ryan was inside the Rotunda she took a number of videos and photos and later posted on her Twitter account that “Today was a great example of what America is all about.”
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