Texas Realtor Who Took Private Jet To Capitol Riot And Asked Trump For Pardon Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor

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Texas Realtor Who Took Private Jet To Capitol Riot And Asked Trump For Pardon Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor

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A Texas real estate agent who flew to the Capitol riot in a private plane and later begged former President Donald Trump to pardon her pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor for her role in the attack. 

Key Facts

Jenna Ryan, 51, pleaded guilty to the charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, a misdemeanor punishable with up to six months in prison, according to a plea agreement filed Thursday. 

She also agreed to pay $500 in restitution for damage done to the Capitol during the deadly riot. 

The Frisco realtor, who turned herself in to the FBI on Jan. 6, faced four charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and demonstrating within a Capitol building. 

Ryan pleaded not guilty to those charges in March, but altered her plea Thursday, accepting a plea deal that has been offered to other low-level defendants who weren’t destructive inside the Capitol. 

Ryan’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

What To Watch For 

Ryan will be sentenced on Nov. 4. 

Key Background 

Ryan is one of the more infamous Capitol rioters as she and a group of friends flew to Washington, D.C., in a private jet to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally that devolved into the attack on Congress, according to court documents. At least two of the other people who took the private jet with Ryan (also real estate agents) were similarly hit with multiple federal charges. Ryan posted photos and videos of herself during the riot, which prosecutors later used to charge her. After the attack she said Jan. 6 “one of the best days of my life,” but later told The Washington Post she regretted her involvement. “I was down there based on what my president said. ‘Stop the steal.’ Now I see that it was all over nothing,” she said. 

Surprising Fact 

On the day she turned herself into the FBI, Ryan told a local Dallas TV station she deserved a pardon from President Trump. 

 

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