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Judge slams woman who brought 14-year-old son to the Capitol for the January 6 riot


A North Carolina woman who brought her 14-year-old son to Washington DC before storming the Capitol during the insurrection was sentenced to 90 days behind bars after the judge lambasted the miscreant mom for showing  a ‘total lack of judgment.’

Virginia Spencer, 38, wore a sweatshirt with the phrase ‘F*** Gun Control’ on the back when she and her husband, 41-year-old Christopher, went into Nancy Pelosi‘s office and joined a ‘crowd that formed outside the House of Representatives chamber that attempted to enter that chamber while lawmakers were still trapped inside,’ according to court documents.

Prosecutors said that Spencer was among rioters who chanted ‘Stop the steal!’ and ‘Break it down!’ Footage from inside the Capitol shows Spencer taking selfies on her phone, taking a phone call and even smoking a cigarette.

It is unclear whether their son, whose name was not disclosed in court papers because he is a minor, went inside with them, or whether he waited alone outside. 

Virginia Spencer of North Carolina, 38, was charged with illegally parading in a government building after she and her husband joined rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 last year

Spencer, pictured center holding her cellphone, took her 14-year-old son along with her to Washington D.C. to participate in protests that day

Spencer, pictured center holding her cellphone, took her 14-year-old son along with her to Washington D.C. to participate in protests that day

Spencer, pictured right beside her husband, was sentenced to 90 days in prison with 3 years of post-release probation

Spencer, pictured right beside her husband, was sentenced to 90 days in prison with 3 years of post-release probation

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly told Spencer that the protests in the Capitol were 'not like a school trip or a tourist trip' and said she 'didn't understand' why Spencer (pictured) would bring her teenage son with her

Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly told Spencer that the protests in the Capitol were ‘not like a school trip or a tourist trip’ and said she ‘didn’t understand’ why Spencer (pictured) would bring her teenage son with her

At Spencer’s Friday sentencing, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly told the mother that the protests that became violent on January 6 of last year were not ‘like a school trip or tourist trip,’ and said it was ‘hard to comprehend’ why she would would bring her underage son.  

‘Law enforcement had weapons, some of the [rioters] had weapons,’ the judge said. 

‘I don’t understand but I sincerely hope he is alright.’ 

Spencer told Kollar-Kotelly she was ‘very sorry’ at the sentencing hearing. 

Prosecutors said that in initial statements to the FBI, Spencer tried to minimize her involvement in the riot, telling agents that she and her family tried to find an exit to get out of the building within 15 minutes of entering. 

But video evidence contradicts that account, showing that the couple spent 30 minutes inside the building and passed three exits. As Spencer took selfies in the building, her husband livestreamed to Facebook.  

She pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of illegally parading in the government building on September 9. The maximum sentence for the charge is six months in prison. 

Additional pending charges for entering and remaining in a restricted building on government grounds, disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building were dismissed at Friday’s sentencing.

Spencer's husband, Christopher, is also facing charges for his role in the riots. It is unclear when his case will be seen in court

Spencer’s husband, Christopher, is also facing charges for his role in the riots. It is unclear when his case will be seen in court

She must begin her jail sentence on February 25, according to the Associated press, and pay $500 in restitution fees. 

Allen Orenberg, Spencer’s attorney, filed court papers arguing that his client had only intended to exercise her First Amendment rights and peacefully protest when she visited the Capitol. 

He also wrote that she was misled by then-President Donald Trump and Conservative media that there were problems with the election, and that media coverage of the 2020 protests over the death of George Floyd led her to believe that she could avoid criminal liability for her actions that day. 

Her husband faces the same charges, along with an additional charge for obstructing an official proceeding, for his behavior that day. His next court date is scheduled for January 13. 

Spencer’s sentence, which also carries three years of probation, is one of the harsher punishments handed down to participants in the Capitol riots. 

Rioters assaulted 139 law enforcement officers and caused approximately $1.5 million in damages to the Capitol building, including broken windows.  

Over 725 individuals who stormed the capitol have been arrested since the insurrection. Over 70 of them have been sentenced with over 30 getting jail time, according to FBI data

Over 725 individuals who stormed the capitol have been arrested since the insurrection. Over 70 of them have been sentenced with over 30 getting jail time, according to FBI data

Spencer's was one of the harsher sentences extended to a participant in the Capitol riots

Spencer’s was one of the harsher sentences extended to a participant in the Capitol riots

Lawmakers stood on the steps where just a year ago, Trump supporters broke through barricades and overwhelmed law enforcement in a bid to stop the certification of the 2020 election results

Lawmakers stood on the steps where just a year ago, Trump supporters broke through barricades and overwhelmed law enforcement in a bid to stop the certification of the 2020 election results

More than 725 individuals who stormed the Capitol have been arrested since the insurrection. Of those, 70 have been sentenced, with just 31 getting jail time, according to FBI data. 

The median sentence for the January 6th rioters has been 45 days, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia. Most sentences have consisted of fines, community service and probation, and 18 Capitol rioters have been sentenced to home detention.  

Spencer’s sentence was handed down just over a year after rioters stormed the US Capitol building in an attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s 306-232 electoral college win over then-President Donald Trump in the 2020 election. 

Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was joined by over 100 mask-wearing lawmakers on the steps of the Capitol building for a candle-lit vigil for the four protesters and three law enforcement officers who were killed in the chaos. 

LONGEST CAPITOL RIOT SENTENCES: 

  1. Jacob Chansley: Chansley, 34, from Arizona, known as the ‘QAnon Shaman,’ was sentenced on November 17 to 41 months in prison for storming the US Capitol while armed with a spear.
  2. Scott Fairlamb: the 44-year-old former MMA fighter from New Jersey was sentenced to 41 months in prison for assaulting a police officer during the January 6 riots. 
  3. Troy Smocks: the 58-year-old Dallas resident was sentenced to 14 months in prison for posting threats against the US Congress on Parler, even though he did not enter the Capitol.
  4. Paul Hodgkins: the 38-year-old Florida crane operator was sentenced to 8 months in prison for walking onto the US Senate floor while carrying a red ‘Trump 2020’ flag. 

 



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