In a significant development following the events of January 6, a prominent figure in the U.S. Capitol riot, Rachel Powell, has received a substantial prison sentence. Read on to find out more.
Four More Years!
A Jan. 6 defendant, Rachel Powell, who played a prominent role in the U.S. Capitol riot by smashing a window and using a bullhorn to direct others on how to breach the building, has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.
Rachel Powell, in her early 40s, faced nine federal counts and was convicted in July after a bench trial. In an emotionally charged statement during her sentencing, she expressed deep remorse for her actions and stated that she regretted her participation in the riot.
Powell, a mother of eight and grandmother of six from Pennsylvania, had recently received a personalized hat from former President Donald Trump.
Federal prosecutors had sought an eight-year prison sentence for Powell, citing her intense commitment to keeping former President Trump in power after his election loss in 2020.
Engaging In Surveillance
Prosecutors also noted that she had engaged in surveillance activities at a female legislator’s residence before participating in the attack on the Capitol.
However, Powell ultimately received a sentence of 57 months.
Coordinate To Take The Building
On January 6, 2021, Powell played a pivotal role in the violent events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol. She actively pushed against a police line, called on other rioters to join her, and used a bullhorn to attempt to bring some order to the chaotic scene.
She was heard shouting instructions such as, “Coordinate together if you’re going to take the building.”
“War To Get In”
Initially, in the aftermath of the riot, Powell’s statements conveyed a different sentiment. She described it as a “war to get in,” expressed that the rioters were not welcomed, and claimed that police had to retreat and fight back against relentless patriots.
Change Of Heart
However, prosecutors noted that her perspective has since changed, with Powell highlighting allegations of police brutality.
“Remorse and Regret”
Rachel Powell had been under home detention after violating her pre-trial conditions of release.
During her sentencing, she acknowledged her remorse and regret, particularly in terms of the impact on her family.
Politics Takes A Dark Turn
Powell also acknowledged that the political environment had taken a dark turn in the country and that she had been influenced by this toxicity.
She expressed her realization that succumbing to these emotions had led to disaster.
In response to Powell’s statement, Judge Royce Lamberth noted that she had expressed the right sentiments during the sentencing but expressed a wish that she had done so earlier.
He remarked that Powell had managed to evade significant consequences for a considerable time, even with pretrial release violations.
Nevertheless, he granted her the opportunity to surrender after the holidays, just ahead of the three-year anniversary of her involvement in the crimes.
Online, the news led to several different posters commenting on what they thought of the news.
One commenter, who supported the incarceration of Powell, posted “Felony conviction and 4 years in prison. Was Trump worth it?” Another said more simply “That was an expensive hat!”
However, there were some online who posted their support for the convicted insurrectionist.
One user said “Many people received a signed Trump cap during his campaign… But all of his haters are lapping it up; so gullible.”
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