US jury finds defendant Riley June Williams on six counts but is divided on whether she stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.
A Pennsylvania woman accused of storming the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, was convicted of six federal charges, including civil disturbance, theft of government property, and assault on police.
But on Monday, the jury deciding the case of Riley June Williams was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on two other charges, including whether she stole a laptop from the office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Williams, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to be remanded after the jury delivered its verdict.
Williams belongs to one an estimated 900 defendants arrested in connection with the attack on the Capitol, which occurred as the US Congress certified 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, where Trump falsely claimed to have won the election “by a landslide.”
Williams attended the meeting wearing a T-shirt that read, “I’m with groyper,” a reference to a loose group of white supremacists who align themselves with Nick Fuentes, an advocate of the “America First” movement.
She then joined thousands of rioters who entered the Capitolforcing lawmakers to evacuate.
Videos from that day show Williams ordering other rioters to “push, push, push” against federal law enforcement as they attempted to clear the Capitol Rotunda. She also pointed rioters to a staircase leading to Pelosi’s office.
In a June court case, prosecutors portrayed Williams as “one of the front lines of rioters.” a leader to others.
“She repeatedly engaged in targeted physical clashes and verbal altercations with federal law enforcement officials and directed others to do the same,” the prosecutors wrote.
Another video, posted on Williams’ social media, shows what appears to be the theft of a Hewlett-Packard laptop from Pelosi’s office. A voice that prosecutors identify as Williams can be heard saying, “Dude, put on gloves,” before a pair of gloved hands grab the computer.
Williams later boasted on social media that she grabbed Pelosi’s gavel and hard drives. “To date, neither the laptop nor the gavel have been recovered,” prosecutors said.
In the days following the U.S. Capitol bombing, a witness called the Federal Bureau of Investigation with information that Williams “planned to send the computing device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, the Russian foreign intelligence service”.
Williams denies the allegations, claiming they were “made up” by an ex-boyfriend.
At her trial, prosecutors linked Williams to an extremist philosophy called “accelerationism,” which sees Western governments as corrupt and seeks to hasten their demise.
“She sought not only specifically to prevent Congress from certifying the vote of the Electoral College, but also to undermine and obstruct the government in general,” prosecutors wrote in court documents.