Tennessee man is fifth to plead guilty in US Capitol riot

  • Tennessee man is fifth to plead guilty in US Capitol riot

Tennessee man is fifth to plead guilty in US Capitol riot

Morgan has also been ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and pay $500 in restitution, the report said. Lloyd had been invited by her hairdresser to hear Trump speak on January 6.

Lamberth said he was giving Lloyd a "break" and said he did not want her sentence to signal that it would be the norm for other sentences related to the Capitol riot.

Anna Morgan-Lloyd had reached a guilty plea deal with prosecutors before the hearing, admitting she had illegally entered the US Capitol on 6 January as Congress was certifying Joe Biden's November presidential election victory over Donald Trump.

Ms. Morgan-Lloyd's light penalty, three years of probation, was not only the first punishment handed down against any of the almost 500 people charged in the attack, but is also likely to serve as a bellwether for scores of other rioters who committed no violence on January 6 and were accused of only minor crimes.

"I would have never been there if I had known it would turn out that way", she added.

The judge allowed Ms. Morgan-Lloyd to submit documents with her own summaries and reactions to one movie and one book.

Also on Wednesday, a member of the right-wing extremist Oath Keepers group pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding. He faces an estimated 63 to 78 months in prison.

In court papers filed last week, prosecutors laid out seven reasons they believed Ms. Morgan-Lloyd should not have to serve time in prison in what could become a checklist of sorts for other minor defendants seeking no prison time.

Prosecutors said in court records, however, that her "storming" of the building was a "serious violation of the law". "We couldn't argue with it", Morgan-Lloyd said in the letter. "It was never my intent to be a part of anything that's so disgraceful to our American people". Dozens of accused rioters are in early plea discussions, according to prosecutors, with almost a dozen rioters having pleaded guilty to charges so far.

Shaner said Lloyd had also watched the History Channel's "Burning Tulsa", and read books including "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" and "Just Mercy".

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

"To be clear, what the Defendant initially described as "the most exciting day of [her] life" was, in fact, a tragic day for our nation-a day of riotous violence, collective destruction, and criminal conduct by a frenzied and lawless mob", Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Rothstein said in court.

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".

"Legally, I could give you the six months", Judge Royce Lamberth told Lloyd.