Washington DC – A West Virginia woman admitted in court on Monday that she entered the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 and picked up a “Members Only” Senate sign, as supporters of former President Trump said trashed the Capitol and attempted to prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. The sign is normally used to mark areas of restricted public access to the building.
Gracyn Courtright pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful and deliberate entry and stay in a building and restricted grounds on Monday as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. The government has agreed to dismiss four additional charges against Courtright for his alleged involvement in the January 6 attack.
According to court documents, a now defunct social media account believed to be owned by Courtright contained several photos of the January 6 riot with captions that read: “Can’t wait to tell my grandchildren that I was here!” and “Infamy is as good as fame. I end up being more famous anyway.”
Appearing virtually before Judge Christopher Cooper, the former University of Kentucky student now seemed uncomfortable with her notoriety, describing herself as “fragile.” When asked how she pleaded guilty, Courtright looked in tears when she replied, “I plead guilty.”
The offense to which Courtright pleaded guilty carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. Judge Cooper will hand down his sentence in November and, although he said he hoped to do so in an in-person hearing, unlike the virtual proceedings the court has conducted due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic , Courtright’s vaccination status may alter these plans.
Her lawyer told the court that her client and her family “are not vaccinated and do not intend to be vaccinated.” When asked by Judge Cooper if her immunization status might change prior to her conviction, she simply replied, “Probably not, Your Honor.”