Riley June Williams sentenced for Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Riley June Williams (via Dauphin County Prison, YouTube screengrab)

The Pennsylvania woman who was accused—and ultimately acquitted—of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop from the US Capitol building on Jan. 6 will spend years behind bars for her role as an “accelerant” in the deadly riot.

Riley June Williams, 23, was sentenced to 3 years in prison on Thursday. She was seen climbing a bike rack barricade that had been overturned to climb a wall and joined the hordes of Donald Trump supporters clashing with law enforcement as Congress had begun to certify Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral win. Williams breached the Capitol building through the Senate Wing Door just two minutes after rioters had first violently broken through.

Once inside, she allegedly pushed other rioters to go deeper into the building, organized some of them into a “human battering ram” in order to break through police lines, and “berated” police officers, prosecutors say. She also directed rioters to lock arms in order to resist law enforcement efforts to clear the building, according to the Justice Department.

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