A jury indicts Riley June Williams on six counts but is split on whether she stole Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.
A Pennsylvania woman accused of treason against the United States government on January 6, 2021, has been found guilty of six counts, including rioting, theft of government property and assaulting a police officer.
But on Monday, the jury in Riley June Williams’ case did not reach a verdict on two other counts, including whether she stole a laptop from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Williams, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to be held in jail while the jury deliberates.
Williams is one of nearly 900 people arrested in connection with the Capitol riots, which took place after the US Congress endorsed Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.
The attack came after President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally, where Trump claimed to have won the election “by a landslide”.
Williams attended the rally wearing a t-shirt that read, “I have a groyper,” a reference to the disaffected group of whites who support Nick Fuentes, a supporter of the “America First” group.
He then joined thousands of protesters who stormed the Capitol building, forcing lawmakers to evacuate.
Videos from the same day show Williams directing some of the violence to “kick, kick, kick” against the authorities as they try to clear the Capitol Rotunda. He also directed the protesters to the stairs leading to Pelosi’s office.
In court in June, prosecutors portrayed Williams as “part of a violent gang”, acting as a ringleader for others.
“He repeatedly engaged in confrontational behavior with law enforcement officials and directed others to do the same,” prosecutors wrote.
Another video, posted on Williams’ social media, shows what appears to be the theft of a Hewlett-Packard laptop from Pelosi’s office. Prosecutors say Williams is heard saying, “Dude, put on some gloves,” before the gloved hands grabbed the computer.
Williams later bragged on TV that he had taken the gavel and Pelosi’s hard drives. “So far, neither the laptop nor the gavel has been found,” the prosecution said.
In the days following the Capitol attack, another witness called the Federal Bureau of Investigation and information that Williams “intended to send a computer device to a friend in Russia, who planned to sell the device to the SVR, the Russian intelligence service”.
Williams denies the claims, saying they were “set up” by her ex-boyfriend.
During his trial, prosecutors linked Williams to a radical philosophy called “accelerationism”, which sees white governments as corrupt and tries to hasten their demise.
“He not only sought to prevent Congress from approving the Electoral College vote, but also to defame and obstruct the government in general,” prosecutors wrote in court filings.