Harrisburg, b. – A federal judge on Thursday ruled that a Pennsylvania woman would be released from prison for helping House Speaker Nancy Pelosi steal a laptop from her office during an attack on the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. Magistrates’ Court Judge Martin Carlson has ordered that Riley June Williams be released from his mother’s custody with travel restrictions and appear in federal court in Washington on Monday to pursue her case. Williams, 22, of Harrisburg, has been charged with theft, restraint and trespassing, as well as violent entry into the Capitol grounds and disorderly conduct.
During interrogation, Carlson said “the gravity of these crimes is excellent and it cannot be overstated.” But he noted that there was no previous criminal record of Williams.
The FBI says Williams’ unidentified former love partner provoked them by appearing in video from the January 6 riots, and Dipster said he hopes to sell the computer to Russian intelligence.
The video of the uprising, in line with Williams’ description, instructs the invaders to go “upstairs, upstairs, upstairs” during the attack, which briefly affected President Joe Biden’s certificate of election victory.
Williams’ attorney, Lori Ulrich, the federal public defender, declined to comment on the case. Williams surrendered to face charges Monday and is being held in the district jail in Harrisburg.
In adding charges of theft Tuesday, an FBI agent in Virginia said Williams was being recorded on closed-circuit cameras in the Capitol and was coming out of Pelosi’s office.
In the address confession, a cellphone video shot by Williams shows a man’s glove lifting an HP laptop from a desk and the caption reads “They got the laptop”.
The laptop, which is used only for presentations, was taken from a conference room, said Drew Hummel, deputy chief executive of Pelosi.
Earlier this week a federal prosecutor argued that Williams should not be released on bail pending trial, saying he could escape or try to prevent justice.