A Donald Trump supporter who bragged about his “infamy” after storming the United States Capitol on Jan.6 did not even vote in the 2020 election, his lawyer said in a filing before his sentencing Friday.
Gracyn Courtright, who circled the Capitol with a wooden “Members Only” sign that she slipped, was “caught in the hysteria of the day” and responded on social media “without thinking about what ‘she said’ when she wrote on social media that ‘Infamy is as good as fame. Either way, I end up being more famous. XOXO, “and that she was anxious to” tell my grandchildren “that she was on Capitol Hill on January 6, her lawyer wrote.
Federal prosecutors are asking Judge Christopher Cooper to send Courtright to jail for six months upon her conviction on Friday, writing that she likely would have faced felony charges had the Department of Justice discovered images confirming the presence of Courtright on the Senate floor (Another non-violent defendant who went to the Senate floor received a felony conviction and eight months in prison, while the man known as “QAnon Shaman” received 41 months ).
“Just as disturbing as his entry on Capitol Hill, his messages and statements after his departure from Capitol Hill seem to show an almost total lack of remorse,” they wrote. “As noted above, she falsely portrayed the level of violence and destruction inside the Capitol; posted that “infamy is as good as fame”; and ‘I thought it was cool.’ ”
But his defense attorney said Courtright was a minor player in the events of the day that will forever be marked as a participant in the Capitol Riots.
“Ms. Courtright did not depart from her small hometown of Hurricane, West Virginia to overthrow democracy. She came to see former President Trump speak at the rally that was supposed to be her last. She thought it would be a historic event. She didn’t even vote in the election, “her lawyer Thomas Abbenante wrote in a sentencing memo over the weekend.
“Social media posts are not in dispute. They are what they are. They are disturbing but they do not reflect the true nature of Ms. Courtright. What they really reflect is his lack of understanding of what happened that day. His conduct on January 6, although illegal, was neither aggressive nor malicious, ”the lawyer wrote.
But once “the reality of the situation set in and she was back home with her family in West Virginia, she was totally embarrassed by her actions and remorseful. Her parents were furious with her, ”her lawyer wrote.
Federal prosecutors said Courtright later told investigators she was looking for a place to charge her phone indoors and did not realize when she first went to the Senate that ‘she was in the Senate.
“Upon entering, she claimed that she was concentrating on turning her phone on and not paying attention to what was going on around her. She remembered seeing a circle of law enforcement officers, people singing, people trying to break things and others telling them not to break things, ”they wrote. “According to the defendant, after she entered, she started looking for a place to charge her phone.”
Courtright, who pleaded guilty in August to one count of wrongful and deliberate entry and stay in a restricted building or land, is expected to be sentenced in an in-person hearing Friday at 10 a.m.
The FBI arrested nearly 700 people in connection with the Capitol Riot, a figure that represents about a quarter of the total number of people who engaged in criminal acts liable to prosecution that day.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.