A jury convicted Riley June Williams on six counts, but opinions were divided on whether she stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.
A Pennsylvania woman accused of attacking the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 has been found guilty of six federal lawsuits, including civil disorder, theft of government property, and assault on police.
But on Monday, the jury that decided Riley June Williams’ case was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on two more charges, including whether she stole a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. was.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Williams in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to be held in custody after the jury delivered its verdict.
Williams is one of an estimated 900 defendants arrested in connection with the Capitol attack as the U.S. Congress recognized Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
The attack came as a result of then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop Theft” rally. At the rally, Trump falsely claimed to have won the election “by a landslide victory.”
Williams attended the rally wearing a T-shirt that read, “I’m with Groiper.”
She then joined a mob of thousands who broke into the Capitol and evacuated the deputies.
Video from the day shows Williams directing other mobs to “push, push, push” against federal law enforcement. She also rioted towards the stairs leading to Pelosi’s office.
In court filings in June, prosecutors described Williams as “one of the front lines of the mob” and acting as a leader for others.
“She repeatedly engaged in deliberate physical confrontations and verbal altercations with federal law enforcement officers and instructed others to do the same,” the prosecutor wrote.
Another video posted on Williams’ social media shows what appears to be a Hewlett-Packard laptop stolen from Pelosi’s office. I hear my hand say, “Hey, put your gloves on,” before grabbing the computer.
Williams later boasted on social media that he took Pelosi’s gavel and hard drive.
A few days after the Capitol raid, an eyewitness called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, claiming that Williams “intended to send a computer device to a friend in Russia who would sell it to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence agency.” I was planning to.”
Williams has denied the allegations, claiming they were “made up” by her ex-boyfriend.
During her trial, prosecutors linked Williams to a radical philosophy called “accelerationism.” It sees Western governments as corrupt and seeks to hasten their demise.
“She not only specifically tried to prevent Congress from certifying the votes of the Electoral College, but she also sought to undermine and obstruct government more generally,” prosecutors said in court filings. wrote to