Bloomfield woman sentenced to 14 days in jail for involvement in US Capitol riot

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WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — A Greene County, Ind. woman was sentenced to 14 days in jail Tuesday for her alleged participation in the insurrection at the US Capitol on Jan. 6.

A federal judge sentenced Dona Sue Bissey, 53, of Bloomfield, Ind., to 14 days in jail and 60 hours of community service for allegedly joining the mob that stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6.

Bissey pleaded guilty in July to parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of six months’ imprisonment.

Prosecutors have argued that a rioter’s statements, in person or on social media, should be considered when fashioning an appropriate sentence. And the federal prosecutor on Tuesday cited Bissey’s online support for QAnon and other conspiracy theories. But they also have said Bissey’s was a “rare case” in which they agreed to recommend probation instead of home detention or prison, based on her early acceptance of responsibility and cooperation with law enforcement.

Bissey was jailed for two days after her arrest in February.

The tally of guilty pleas by Capitol rioters is due to top 100 this week. Over 630 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the riot. Meanwhile, approximately 70 defendants charged in the Jan. 6 attack are jailed while awaiting trial.

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