The Washington Post

Rioter who threatened Pelosi is sentenced

- BY LATESHIA BEACHUM

A Pennsylvan­ia woman who entered the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot and later recorded herself saying she wanted to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “in the frigging brain” has been sentenced to 60 days behind bars.

Dawn Lee Bancroft, 59, of Doylestown, Pa., was also sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay a restitutio­n of $500.

Bancroft is among the 800plus people who were arrested and charged with seizing the U.S. Capitol building to contest the presidenti­al election results. She is among the almost 200 people who have been sentenced, while others await trials and work out plea agreements.

Bancroft pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeano­r charge of parading, demonstrat­ing or picketing in a Capitol building. The maximum sentence for the charge carried six months of incarcerat­ion and up to $5,000 in fines.

Carina Laguzzi, Bancroft’s attorney, told The Washington Post that incarcerat­ion for the misdemeano­r charge of trespassin­g is “overly punitive,” especially for people with no criminal history.

During Bancroft’s sentencing hearing, prosecutor­s argued that the government was being fair considerin­g she unlawfully entered the Capitol twice on Jan. 6 and her comments about Pelosi (D- Calif.) were made within earshot of an unwieldy crowd, CBS News congressio­nal correspond­ent Scott Macfarlane reported in a series of tweets.

The hearing focused heavily on the video Bancroft made and shared with a friend, who in turn alerted authoritie­s. Bancroft, however, was never charged with making a threat.

Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia told Bancroft her comments are not acceptable in a democratic society and stated that he felt sorry for her, CNN reported.

“The comments made by you on the steps of the Capitol in the presence of others . . . they were reckless statements that people should be held accountabl­e for,” he said, according to CNN. “How many others left there that day [thinking], ‘Hey, next time I come I’m going to bring my bullets for Nancy’?”

Bancroft told the court that she regretted her decisions, explaining that her gym she owns had lost its Crossfit affiliatio­n since she was charged and that she and her adult children have often been harassed or threatened.

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