A college student who bragged on social media about her participation in the January 6 riots in the United States Capitol and wiped a “members only” sign as she walked through the building pleaded guilty Monday to a felony as part of a plea agreement.
Gracyn Courtright, a West Virginia woman who… senior at the University of Kentucky in January, pleaded guilty Monday to one charge: unlawfully and knowingly entering and staying in a prohibited building or property. As part of plea agreement, the prosecution and defense agreed that Courtright’s sentencing guidelines would be between zero and six months in prison. As part of the deal, the government will request that the four other counts Courtright faces will be dropped after her conviction.
Courtright, who pleaded guilty in a videoconference court hearing, sounded emotional as she spoke to the judge Monday morning, telling the judge she was “trembling”.
Courtright was arrested on January 19, the day before Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration and the last full day of Donald Trump’s presidency. Courtright, in social media posts and posts revealed in her affidavit to the FBI, she wrote that she couldn’t wait to “tell my grandkids I was here!”
“I thought it was cool,” Courtright wrote in one post. “idk what treason is… i’m not ashamed…”
The declaration of insult notes that Courtright stepped over broken glass to enter the Capitol and that she was surrounded by people trying to break into locked doors. It also notes that Courtright was seen “on the steps near the Senate Chambers with a ‘Members Only’ sign” and was soon “approached by a law enforcement officer who requested that he give him the sign.”
“The defendant knew the moment he/she entered the US Capitol Building that she was not authorized to enter the building and the defendant entered a prohibited building and remained there,” the statement said.
Judge Christopher R. Cooper set the conviction for Nov. 16. It is scheduled to take place in person, but Courtright’s lawyer noted that the Courtright family has not received and does not intend to receive any COVID-19 vaccinations. Courtright, who was asked by Judge Cooper if her vaccination status would change between now and sentencing, said “probably not”.
Nearly 600 suspects have been arrested for their actions on January 6. The FBI is working on hundreds of other cases. While federal authorities initially estimated that 800 people entered the Capitol on January 6, online sleuths calling themselves sedition hunters to have identified more than 1,700 people they say they saw in the building on Jan. 6, meaning the total universe of potential suspects who either illegally entered the Capitol or assaulted law enforcement officers outside may be more than 2,000.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.