Riley Williams ordered to home confinement following accusations of stealing Pelosi’s laptop


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Riley Williams, 22, of Harrisburg, was ordered to home confinement pending further legal proceedings in her case against an apparent theft of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s computer on Jan. 6 in Washington D.C.

Williams has been recently charged with aiding and abetting theft of U.S. property and obstruction of official proceedings of U.S. Congress.

During a Thursday hearing, an attorney for Williams argued she has been “vilified” as the FBI continues to investigate a claim that Williams intended to sell the computer to Russia’s intelligence service.

“It is regrettable that Ms. Williams took the president’s bait,” said Lori Ulrich, Williams’ defense attorney.

Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, has said a laptop used only for presentations was taken from a conference room.

Williams’ defense attorney, Lori Ulrich told the judge some of the allegations made by Williams’ abusive ex-boyfriend have been overstated.

“This individual has been stalking her since November or December, long before January 6,” said Ulrich.

Ulrich would not specify which allegations were overstated.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson released Williams into the custody of her mother and will be fitted with GPS monitoring. She was instructed to appear in federal court Monday in D.C., to continue her case.

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