Pennsylvania woman found guilty in US Capitol riots | News from politics

US jury convicts defendant Riley June Williams on six counts but disagrees over whether she stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.

A Pennsylvania woman accused of storming the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 has been convicted on six state charges, including civil disorder, theft of government property and assaulting police.

But on Monday, the jury ruling Riley June Williams’ case failed to return a unanimous verdict on two other charges, including stealing a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.

US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Williams, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to be taken into custody after the jury reached its verdict.

Williams is among an estimated 900 people arrested in connection with the attack on the Capitol, which took place just as the US Congress confirmed Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

The attack came after then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally, at which Trump falsely claimed to have won the election “by a landslide victory.”

Williams attended the rally in a T-shirt that read “I’m with Groyper,” a reference to a loose group of white supremacists aligned with Nick Fuentes, a supporter of the America First movement.

She then joined thousands of rioters who entered the Capitol and forced lawmakers to evacuate.

Videos from that day show Williams directing other rioters to “push, push, push” against federal law enforcement as they tried to clear the Capitol rotunda. She also pointed out rioters to a staircase leading to Pelosi’s office.

In a June court filing, prosecutors portrayed Williams as “on the front lines of the rioters” who served as a leader for others.

“She repeatedly engaged in targeted physical assaults and verbal altercations with federal law enforcement officials and directed others to do the same,” prosecutors wrote.

Another video posted to Williams’ social media shows the apparent theft of a Hewlett-Packard laptop from Pelosi’s office. A voice, which prosecutors identify as Williams, can be heard saying, “Dude, put gloves on,” before a pair of gloved hands grab the computer.

Williams later boasted on social media that she took Pelosi’s hammer and hard drives. “To date, neither the laptop nor the hammer have been secured,” the prosecutor said.

In the days after the Capitol attack, a witness called the Federal Bureau of Investigation with information that Williams “intended to ship the computing device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to give the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence agency.” to sell”.

Williams denies the allegations, claiming they were “made up” by an ex-boyfriend.

During her trial, prosecutors linked Williams to an extremist philosophy called “accelerationism,” which sees Western governments as corrupt and trying to hasten their downfall.

“She not only specifically sought to prevent Congress from confirming the Electoral College vote, but also to undermine and obstruct government generally,” prosecutors wrote in court filings.