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Capitol rioter who entered Nancy Pelosi's office sentenced to 3 years in prison, admits she was a  'stupid girl' on Jan. 6

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A Pennsylvania woman who entered the office of then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) during the Jan. 6 riot has been sentenced to three years in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Riley Williams to three years in prison for her role in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

Jackson said of Williams, "She was there to stop the election, not because her dizzy little head was confused about which building in Washington was which or why she was there."

The federal judge accused Williams of "hand-picking the people who had the proper gear" to be a frontline offense against police. Jackson said Williams was "not just a little waif blowing in the wind."

Before being sentenced, Williams apologized, "I was disrespectful, hateful … toward innocent people who didn’t deserve it." Williams – who was 22 years old at the time – confessed that she was a "stupid girl" during the Capitol riot but is now a "responsible woman" who accepts her guilt. She blamed a lifelong internet addiction for fueling her actions, but has since "found peace in a quiet life."

Williams' defense attorney argued that her client was "caught up in listening to powerful and influential men," including former President Donald Trump.

Federal prosecutors had sought a sentence of more than seven years for Williams.

Prosecutors claimed, "Everywhere she went, Williams acted as an accelerant, exacerbating the mayhem. Where others turned back, she pushed forward. When officers blocked her path, she recruited other rioters, especially larger men wearing helmets and body armor, gathered them together, and pushed them forward like a human battering ram, using the mob as a weapon to break through the police lines. The officers she faced off with were among those injured."

Williams reportedly spent approximately 90 minutes inside the U.S. Capitol Building. Williams was one of many who entered Pelosi's office.

Williams had been accused of aiding and abetting in the theft of Pelosi’s laptop. However, the jury was deadlocked on convicting Williams.

In November, a jury convicted Williams on charges of civil disorder, impeding officers, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted area, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a capitol building, and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

Williams has already served four months of her prison term.

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