Indiana grandmother, first to be convicted in Capitol riot cases, avows nonviolence in Ingraham interview Anna Morgan-Lloyd, 49, was convicted of parading and sentenced to restitution and probation.
Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter June 23, 2021
An Indiana grandmother became the first individual sentenced for participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot but will avoid jail time, according to The Washington Post.
Anna Morgan Lloyd of Bloomfield, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth to three years of probation, 120 hours of community service, and $500 worth of restitution for her involvement in the Capitol Riot, according to The Washington Post. The 49-year-old previously struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of unlawfully entering the Capitol building, The Washington Post reported.
In a previous Facebook post, Lloyd described Jan. 6 as the “best day ever,” The Associated Press (AP) reported. However, Lloyd told Lamberth during a court appearance, “I’m ashamed that it became a savage display of violence that day. And I would have never been there if I had a clue it was going to turn out that way,” according to The AP. “It was never my intent to be a part of anything that’s so disgraceful to our American people,” she added in her apology to the court.
Lloyd claimed she was invited by her hairdresser to Washington D.C. to watch former President Donald Trump speak, and only wanted to peacefully support the then-president, her attorney argued in court documents, according to The AP.
In a letter to the judge asking for leniency, the grandmother of five also said that she has “lived a sheltered life and truly haven’t experienced life the way many have,” and is working on self-improvement, The AP noted.
The prosecutors who sought probation for Lloyd noted that she was not involved in any violence or destruction, or planned to breach the Capitol building beforehand, according to The AP.
Lamberth claimed that Lloyd was getting a “break” by only getting probation, and signaled to others that this would not be the normal sentence for Capitol rioters, The AP reported. “Some of my defendants in my other cases think there’s no consequence to this. There is a consequence. And it bothers me,” Lamberth said, according to WUSA9. “I don’t want to create the perception here that probation is the automatic sentence because it’s not going to be,” he added.