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.