The US jury convicts defendant Riley June Williams of six counts, but is divided on whether she stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.
A Pennsylvania woman charged with storming the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 has been convicted of six federal charges, including civil disorder, theft of government property and assault on police.
But on Monday, the jury in Riley June Williams’ case could not reach a unanimous verdict on two other charges, including whether she stole a laptop from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Williams, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, detained after the jury returned its verdict.
Williams is among approximately 900 defendants arrested in connection with the attack on the Capitol, which took place as the United States Congress was certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
The attack came in the wake of then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally, in which Trump falsely claimed to have won the election “by a landslide.”
Williams attended the rally wearing a T-shirt that read: “I’m with groyper,” a reference to a loose group of white supremacists who align with Nick Fuentes, a proponent of the “America First” movement.
He then joined thousands of protesters who poured into the Capitol building, forcing lawmakers to evacuate.
Videos from that day show Williams directing other rioters to “push, push, push” against federal law enforcement as they attempt to clear the Capitol Rotunda. He also pointed protesters toward a stairway leading to Pelosi’s office.
In a June court filing, prosecutors described Williams as “among the front lines of rioters,” serving as a leader for others.
“He engaged in repeated intentional physical confrontations and verbal altercations with federal law enforcement officers and directed others to do the same,” prosecutors wrote.
Another video, posted to Williams’ social media, shows what appears to be a Hewlett-Packard laptop stolen from Pelosi’s office. A voice that prosecutors identify as Williams can be heard saying, “Dude, put your gloves on,” before a pair of gloved hands grab the computer.
Williams later bragged on social media that he took Pelosi’s sledgehammer and hard drives. “To date, neither the laptop nor the sledgehammer have been recovered,” prosecutors said.
In the days after the attack on the Capitol, a witness called the Federal Bureau of Investigation with information that Williams “intended to send the computing device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, the Internet service.” foreign intelligence of Russia.
Williams denies the allegations, saying they were “made up” by an ex-boyfriend.
During his trial, prosecutors linked Williams to an extremist philosophy called “accelerationism,” which views Western governments as corrupt and attempts to hasten their demise.
“She specifically sought not only to prevent Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote, but also to undermine and obstruct the government generally,” prosecutors wrote in court documents.