Federal prosecutors say an notorious Capitol assault defendant who traveled to Washington on a non-public airplane and referred to as Jan. 6 “one of the best days of my life” ought to spend time in jail, partly as a result of she didn’t assume she would.
Jenna Ryan was arrested in January after she overtly bragged about her exploits on the Capitol on social media, livestreaming on Facebook from contained in the constructing and tweeting a photograph of herself standing at a damaged window, captioning it “if the news doesn’t stop lying about us we’re going to come after their studios next…”
Ahead of Ryan’s sentencing this week, federal prosecutors mentioned she ought to spend 60 days in jail as a result of she knew the day may flip violent and mentioned she was “going to war,” promoted violence on the Capitol, chanted “hang Mike Pence,” promoted violence towards the information media, claimed she deserved “a medal” for what she did, unfold false details about the riot, lied about her participation within the riot, and “sought to exploit her presence during the attack on the Capitol for profit.”
Prosecutors mentioned Ryan had, for the previous 10 years, “promoted her personal brand, touting her success as a real estate broker, self-help coach, and media personality” after which “drew on her considerable experience as a social media influencer to promote violence before her arrival at the Capitol.”
The Justice Department’s sentencing memo says that Ryan was “publicly cheerleading” a violent assault that “forced an interruption of the certification of the 2020 Electoral College vote count, threatened the peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 Presidential election, injured more than one hundred law enforcement officers, and resulted in more than a million dollars’ worth of property damage.”
Moreover, the federal government mentioned, Ryan’s tweet stating she had “blonde hair white skin a great job a great future and I’m not going to jail” confirmed she thought she was immune from punishment for her crimes due to her race and bodily look.
“A defendant who believes she is immune from strict punishment because of her race and physical appearance may reoffend because the consequences for wrongdoing will never, in the defendant’s mind, be severe even when severity is merited,” prosecutors write. “Perhaps the most compelling need for specific deterrence arises from the defendant’s misguided belief that she is above the law, or at least insulated from incarceration.”
The feds wrote that Ryan “found it appropriate to promote her real estate business” as she stormed the Capitol, saying, “You guys, will you believe this? I am not messing around. When I come to sell your house, this is what I will do. I will fucking sell your house.”
Prosecutors additionally wrote that Ryan posted a photograph of members of the mob attacking media gear, calling it “a cool moment” and saying rioters “just went to town on the AP equipment.” They mentioned one in all Ryan’s co-defendants, Katherine Schwab, “joined the crowd’s assault” by “kicking media equipment and throwing one piece of equipment on the ground.”
Ryan pleaded responsible in August, admitting in her assertion of offense that she posted “Today was a great example of what America is about” on Twitter after the assault, that she was seen on video chanting “Fight for Trump!” within the Rotunda, and that she “paraded, demonstrated, or picketed” contained in the Capitol when she knew that she “did not have permission to enter the building.”
Ryan can be sentenced at 10 a.m. Thursday by U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper.
The FBI has made about 650 arrests in reference to the Jan. 6 assault, representing roughly one-quarter of the full quantity of people that dedicated chargeable prison exercise that day. So far, greater than 100 individuals have pleaded responsible in reference to the Capitol assault, and fewer than two dozen have been sentenced, based on BuzzFeed News.