WASHINGTON — A Pennsylvania woman was found guilty today in the District of Columbia of felony and misdemeanor charges for her actions during the January 6, 2021 burglary at the Capitol. Her actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the US Congress called to determine and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Riley June Williams, 23, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was found guilty, after a trial in U.S. District Court, of disturbing law enforcement officers during a civil disorder and of resisting or obstructing law enforcement officers, both felonies, and four related misdemeanors. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on two other charges, including obstructing an official process and aiding and abetting theft of state property.
As of January 6, 2021, according to government evidence, Williams was among a mob of rioters who were illegally on the Capitol grounds. She entered the Capitol through the Senate wing door at about 2:15 p.m. and stayed inside for about 70 minutes. While inside the building, Williams moved through areas such as the crypt, the rotunda, and the office of the Speaker of the House. She led other rioters, took action against officers and video, audio and photographed their activities. She also threw a water bottle at police officers and called them traitors. According to government evidence, while in the Speaker’s office, Williams encouraged other rioters to steal an office laptop and captured video of the theft telling one of them, “Dude, put gloves on!” and yelling, among other things, “Take that damn laptop.”
Williams was arrested on January 18, 2021 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on February 22, 2023. In addition to the two felonies, Williams was convicted of entering and remaining in a restricted building or compound; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a restricted building or property; disorderly conduct in a Capitol; and parades, demonstrations, or pickets in a Capitol.
The charge of obstructing law enforcement officers during a civil disorder carries a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison. Charges of resisting or obstructing law enforcement officials carry a maximum statutory sentence of eight years in prison. The four administrative offenses together carry a maximum statutory sentence of three years in prison. All charges come with potential fines. The court will determine each penalty after considering U.S. penal guidelines and other legal factors.
The case is being pursued by the US Attorney for the District of Columbia. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Pennsylvania and the Central District of Florida.
The case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the Capital Area Resident Agency of the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.
In the 22 months since Jan. 6, 2021, nearly 900 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the US Capitol break-in, including over 275 people charged with assault or obstruction of law enforcement. The investigations are ongoing.
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