Capitol Riot Defendant Who Carried ‘Members Only’ Sign Takes Plea Deal

  • A college senior who bragged about her role in the January 6 insurrection took a plea deal, ccourt documents show.
  • Gracyn Courtright will have to pay $500 in restitution for the attack on the US Capitol.
  • Courtright became the 46th person to plead guilty for their role in the Capitol riot.

A former University of Kentucky senior who bragged about her role in the January 6 insurrection on social media took a plea deal Monday for her role in the Capitol riot, according to court documents.

Gracyn Courtright pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of illegally entering and remaining in a restricted building or ground. Courtright will have to pay $500 in restitution for damages done to the Capitol building as part of the plea deal.

Courtright’s is the 46th guilty plea stemming from the Capitol riot, according to CNN. More than 600 defendants still face charges. Insider’s Madison Hall previously reported that Capitol rioters are likely to receive more lenient sentencesĀ if they plead guilty earlier and accept responsibility for their role in the insurrection.

According to a criminal complaint, Courtright caused damage to a “members only” sign that surveillance footage showed her carrying up the steps near the Senate chamber. Prosecutors say that Courtright posted about her presence inside the Capitol on Instagram.

Courtright posted photos of herself outside the building with the caption, “can’t wait to tell my grandkids I was here !”, according to the criminal complaint. She also posted a selfie to her Instagram stories after the riot and captioned it, “Infamy is just as good as fame, either way I end up more known XOXO.”

The complaint also included screenshots of an Instagram direct message conversation between Courtright and another user, in which the second person tells Courtright that she is an “idiot” and “what you did is treason.” Courtright responds “idk what treason is.”

Courtright began crying while reading her guilty plea to US District Judge Christopher Cooper, CNN reported.

“I’m just — I’m just shaking. I’m sorry,” she told the judge.

Courtright withdrew from the University of Kentucky shortly after January 6 and will go before a board at the school in December to see if she can return to classes, according to CNN.

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