An Indiana woman receives 14 days in prison for participating in a riot at the Capitol
WASHINGTON, DC – An Indiana woman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison and 60 hours of community service for joining the gangs that stormed the US Capitol on Jan. WXIN Reports.
Donna Sue Bessie, of Bloomfield, pleaded guilty in July to demonstrating, demonstrating or striking at the Capitol.
Federal prosecutors have cited Bissey’s online support for QAnon and other online conspiracy theories when it comes to her sentencing.
They argued that the naughty statements, in person or on social media, should be taken into account when crafting the appropriate sentence.
However, the US District Court judge in the case said she had the right to engage in conspiracy theories as an American, and instead would judge Bessie based on her actions.
The judge’s decision was a 14-day prison sentence and 60 hours of community service for celebrating and bragging about her involvement in what amounted to an attempt to overthrow the government.
More than 630 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the riots. The number of guilty pleas by Capitol rioters is set to top 100 this week.
About 70 of them are in prison awaiting trial.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.