HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Riley Williams, the Harrisburg area woman convicted for her role in the January 6 attack, was sentenced to three years in federal prison, according to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Williams’ sentencing was announced Thursday after a court appearance in Washington D.C. She will also have to serve three years of supervised release and pay $2,000 in restitution.
Prosecutors had sought a seven year sentence for Williams, who was convicted of interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder and resisting or impeding law enforcement officers.
Williams, who was linked to the white nationalist group “Groyper Army,” was not convicted of the laptop theft after the jury was inconclusive obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting in the theft of government property.
The government said Williams “pushed other rioters to invade further, organized groups of them into a human battering ram to physically break through police lines, berated the police officers, directed a large group of rioters to lock arms to resist law enforcement efforts to clear them from the building, and encouraged another rioter to steal a laptop from the Speaker of the House’s office.”
According to the Justice Department, video captured Williams “commanding another rioter to “Take that f—–g laptop” and told him “Dude, put on gloves!” so as to avoid being identified.”
A witness had claimed Williams stole Pelosi’s computer during the riot with the intent” to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to “Russia’s foreign intelligence service,” according to an affidavit.
The witness, who was described as a “former romantic partner” told investigators the apparent deal “fell through” for “unknown reasons” and Williams still “has the computer device or destroyed it.”
The device, which Pelosi’s Chief of Staff confirmed was only used for presentations, has still not been recovered.
Williams had lived in both the Cumberland County and Harrisburg areas.
In the 26 months since Jan. 6, 2021, The FBI states that more than 1,000 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 320 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.