On Wednesday, Anna Morgan-Lloyd
, a 49-year-old Donald Trump
supporter from southern Indiana
, was sentenced as the first defendant in connection with the Jan. 6 attack
on the United States
Morgan-Lloyd was sentenced to three years of probation, during which she will be prohibited from possessing a firearm and will be subjected to drug testing, as well as 120 hours of community service and a $500 restitution payment.
“I just want to apologize to the court, the American people
, and my family
,” Morgan-Lloyd sobbed during her sentencing on Wednesday. “I was there to show peaceful support for President
Trump, and I’m ashamed that it turned into a savage display of violence, and I would’ve never been there if I had known it would turn out that way.”
“It was never my intention,” she continued, to take part in something “so disgraceful to the American people.”
The Indiana woman pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building, a charge typically faced by defendants who disrupt congressional hearings after lawfully entering and passing through security
Morgan-Lloyd told the court that she was "ashamed that something meant to show support for the President had turned violent" and that she was "wrong for stepping even one foot into the building." Morgan-Lloyd told the court that she realized her presence in the mob allowed others to attack officers and break windows that day.
Morgan-Lloyd read the books
"Just Mercy" and "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," and saw the movies
"Mudbound," "Schindler's List," "Slavery
by Another Name," and "Tulsa
Burning" as part of an initiative by her court-appointed lawyer in D.C.
, who is working to educate her Capitol clients on the uglier chapters in American history
“I’ve learned that even though we live in a wonderful country, things still need to improve,” she wrote to the judge
, adding, “people of all colors should feel as safe walking down the street as I do.”
The government requested that Morgan-Lloyd be sentenced to three years on probation, 40 hours of community service, and $500 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth.
Although the facts and circumstances surrounding the actions of each rioter who breached the Capitol and its grounds differ, each rioter's actions were illegal, and each rioter contributed directly or indirectly to the violence and destruction that day, according to the Justice Department
's first sentencing memo in a Capitol case.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Rothstein's memo, Jan. 6 "will forever be an infamous day in American history," as it was the day "when the temple of American democracy
was overrun and desecrated by rioters seeking to disrupt the lawful and peaceful transition of power."
While Morgan-Lloyd may have initially described Jan. 6 as the "most exciting day" of her life, the government later stated that the day "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."
The government claimed that those Morgan-Lloyd described as "patriots" were "rioters breaking windows, destroying government property, and assaulting law enforcement officers."
The government claimed that rioters caused nearly $1.5 million in damage and that it was “critical that those who caused or contributed to the destruction be held accountable for the cost of repairing and restoring the Capitol,” because the “fiscal burden should be borne by the rioters, not innocent taxpayers.”
Almost six months after the Capitol riot
, the FBI
has made nearly 500 arrests in connection with Jan. 6. Hundreds of additional investigations are underway, and hundreds of suspects who have yet to be apprehended are listed on the FBI's Capitol violence wanted page.
Attorney General Merrick Garland
told reporters on Tuesday that he receives updates on Capitol cases in his daily FBI briefing each morning, and that he meets with Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco each Thursday to discuss the Jan. 6 investigation. Garland also said that he is still “wrestling with” how closely he should manage the Jan. 6 cases, and that he is assisting in the creation of “roadmaps” and “general policies” for addressing them.
In her letter to the court, Morgan-Lloyd stated that she "would have loved to have seen the artwork and statues
that the Capitol Building holds" and to "walk where some of the greatest people in our country's history has walked." Her attorney stated that she hopes to return one day.
“She hopes to return to the United States Capitol one day to pay homage and reverence to our country,” her lawyer wrote.
Reporting was contributed by Christopher Mathias.