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Jan. 6 Defendant Who Said She's "Definitely Not Going To Jail" Sentenced To Prison

Jan. 6 Defendant Who Said She's 'definitely Not Going To Jail' Sentenced To Prison

The infamous realtor who flaunted her participation in the Jan 6 riot at the Capitol on social media and later bragged that her "blonde hair" and "white skin" would keep her out of jail, sentenced to 60 days behind bars.

Jenna Ryan, who took a private jet to DC with two friends to attend the demonstration, was part of the rioters who stormed the Capitol building on Jan 6, 2021.

Ryan Flaunted Her Participation In The Capitol Riot On Social Media

She seemingly fancied herself a sort of MAGA "influencer" and documented her trip from Texas to DC in detail.

She shared photos and video of the private plane she took to the riot, posed outside the Capitol, and even live-streamed herself entering the building.

In one of the videos, she said:

"We're gonna go down and storm the Capitol. They're down there right now, and that's why we came, and so that's what we are going to do. So wish me luck."

Later that day, Ryan joined a group of rioters walking to the Capitol and shared photos of herself on the grounds.

She said:

"We are going to f**ing go in here. Life or death, it doesn't matter. Here we go."

She then turned the camera on herself, telling viewers:

"Y'all know who to hire for your realtor. Jenna Ryan for your realtor."

She Even Bragged That She's "Definitely Not Going To Jail"

Ryan was having the time of her life, feeling very important. She even called the incident "one of the best days of [her] life."

After the incident, Ryan bragged that she was not going to jail.

Taking to Twitter, she said:

"Sorry, I have blonde hair, white skin, a great job, a great future, and I'm not going to jail. Sorry to rain on your hater parade. I did nothing wrong."

After her arrest and in the court, Ryan insisted that she did nothing wrong.

Ryan even wrote a letter to the judge to explain her actions and possibly vie for a shorter sentence.

She wrote:

"Some actions I took that day were good."

"I came to DC to protest the election results. I wanted my voice to be heard. My only weapon was my voice and my cell phone."

Explaining her infamous tweet in which she said she wasn't going to jail, she added:

"I wasn't saying I was above the prison, I just felt that it would be unlikely since I was pleading to entering the Capitol for 2 minutes and 8 seconds."

"Now I realize that was a false notion, but having a false notion does not automatically mean I deserve incarceration."

"A tweet of me taking up for myself against a bully who is harassing me does not indicate that I feel above the law."

She Definitely Went To Jail!

Ryan ultimately pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building and received a 60-day prison sentence and a $1,500 fine.

While some rioters sentenced for the same misdemeanor conviction had received only probation or home confinement, prosecutors sought incarceration for Ryan, saying that she showed a lack of remorse and candor for her actions.

Prosecutors argued:

"A defendant who believes she is immune from strict punishment because of her race and physical appearance may re-offend because the consequences for wrongdoing will never, in the defendant's mind, be severe even when severity is merited."

"Perhaps the most compelling need for specific deterrence arises from the defendant's misguided belief that she is above the law, or at least insulated from incarceration."

US District Judge Christopher Cooper also acknowledged that while Ryan played a "lesser role" in the crimes that occurred during the insurrection than many other defendants, that doesn't negate her "culpability in what happened that day."

Ryan's 2 Months In Prison

After serving a 60-day prison sentence for participating in the Capitol riots, Ryan said she "ate bologna sandwiches and watched a lot of TV" while in jail.

She said:

"I served 60 days in prison. I did not get beat up. I ate a lot of bologna sandwiches, I didn't lose a ton of weight."

"I was really really blessed because I met really great people. I prayed every day, I read the Bible, got close to God, watched a lot of TV, read a lot of books."

Following her release, she told her followers that she plans to start a YouTube channel in which she'll talk about "God, freedom, individual rights, and prison reforms."