Man Who Threatened To Kill Pelosi Only Sentenced To 60 Days

( )- A woman who was part of the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building has been sentenced to spend 60 days in prison, officials said.

Dawn Bancroft, a 59-year-old resident of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, recorded a video of herself in which she said the rioters were searching for Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, “to shoot her in the frickin’ brain.”

Bancroft’s attorney asked the judge that her client only be given a fine. However, court records show the federal judge located in Washington agreed with prosecutors, who were pushing for a 60-day jail sentence.

In the case, prosecutors said they didn’t have any evidence that Bancroft actually intended to carry out the threat she issued. They did, however, say her comments were “among the most graphic statements uttered by any rioter on Capitol grounds that day.”

In their sentencing memo, prosecutors wrote:

“Just as Bancroft felt herself caught up in the negative energy of the day, her reckless words could have easily led or inspired others to act violently towards members of Congress or police officers.”

Last September, Bancroft pleaded guilty to a charge of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, which is a misdemeanor charge. She is among the hundreds of people who were involved in the January 6 riot that have been charged with a crime for their actions. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Department of Justice’s investigation is still ongoing, and more people could eventually be charged.

In their own court filing, the attorney for Bancroft asked the judge that she receive only a fine and no time in jail. Carina Laguzzi, who is Bancroft’s attorney, said her client’s gym business lost their CrossFit designation just one day after she was arrested as well as more than half of her customers, which left the business “in an almost failing state.”

Laguzzi added that her client was only inside the Capitol building briefly, and that she recorded the video after she had left the building. The attorney also argued that Bancroft in no way meant for her threats to be taken in a literal fashion.

The attorney further argued that Bancroft never posted the video on a public platform such as Twitter or another social media site. Instead, she sent it to one of her friends, who then notified the FBI of it.

According to prosecutors, Bancroft first entered the Capitol building through windows that were broken out. The first time she went in, she was there for 15 seconds. Then, she went back into the building a second time, spending one minute, 20 seconds inside.

When she was departing from the grounds at the Capitol is when she recorded the video of herself. In it, she said:

“But we broke into the Capitol. We got inside. We did our part. We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the frickin’ brain. But we didn’t find her.”

In addition to the 60 days she will spend in jail, Bancroft was also sentenced to a $500 fine, 100 hours of community service as well as three years on probation.