The woman accused of stealing a laptop from Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s workplace during the Capitol riot deals with years in prison.

Riley June Williams, 22, was charged on Sunday with trespassing as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, both misdemeanors.

However, throughout Williams’ very first court appearance on Tuesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian Haugsby said felony charges would be filed against Williams.

The new charges, noted in an amended criminal complaint, include theft of government residential or commercial property along with blockage of a main case, which carry possible sentences of up to 20 years in prison.

Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, verified that a laptop, which he stated was used only for discussions, had been drawn from a meeting room throughout the lethal riot at the Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters on January 6.

The FBI in a court filing stated a witness claiming to be a previous romantic partner of Williams’ said buddies revealed them a video of Williams taking a notebook computer or hard disk from Pelosi’s office.

The person alleged Williams had actually intended to offer the gadget to a pal in Russia, who then prepared to offer it to the SVR, the country’s foreign intelligence service. The plan fell through and Williams either still has the gadget or has destroyed it, the witness stated.

Riley June Williams booking photo
Riley June Williams, 22, has actually been charged after supposedly taking Nancy Pelosi’s laptop computer during the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Dauphin County Jail

Williams’ lawyer, federal public defender Lori Ulrich, apparently said she was prepared to present evidence that the accusations were incorrect.

Using a green t-shirt, brown trench coat and carrying a zebra print bag, Williams can be heard yelling “upstairs” repeatedly and directing rioters up a staircase towards Pelosi’s workplace suite, the FBI stated.

Williams’ mom told ITV that she acknowledged her child in video of the storming of the Capitol, adding that she had actually taken an abrupt interest in Trump’s politics and reactionary message boards.

When authorities showed up at Williams’ home, her mother informed them she had actually packed a bag and fled. Williams also changed her phone number and close down social networks accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Parler, and Telegram, the FBI said.

Williams turned herself in on Monday, after the ITV report recognizing her had actually aired. She remains in custody at the Dauphin County Jail.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Carlson stated he will think about bail in her case and plans to perform an initial hearing in the case on Thursday.

Haugsby argued Williams needs to remain in custody because she might get away or try to obstruct justice.


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