The Lexington Herald-Leader reports:
A woman who attended the University of Kentucky pleaded guilty Monday to a charge related to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot. In federal court in Washington D.C., Gracyn Dawn Courtright pleaded guilty to a charge of entering and remaining in a restricted area, according to federal court records. She had faced more charges.
Courtright, who is from West Virginia, will be sentenced Nov. 16. She could face up to six months in prison in addition to other fines and restitution. “At approximately 3:01 p.m., surveillance footage showed Courtright walking up the steps near the Senate chambers carrying a “Members Only” sign,” according to plea deal documents.
The Associated Press reports:
According to the affidavit, a witness who saw a video of Courtright in the Capitol messaged her on Instagram asking if she was there. The witness provided a screenshot of the messages to the FBI. The witness expressed embarrassment after Courtright admitted she went inside, according to the FBI. Courtright allegedly wrote, “I’m not embarrassed so you shouldn’t be.”
When the witness accused her of treason, Courtright said she did not know what treason was, according to the affidavit. Before Courtright deleted her Instagram account, she wrote, “Infamy is just as good as fame. Either way I end up more known. XOXO.” According to the affidavit, in two Instagram photos in which she is raising her arms in the air, Courtright wrote, “can’t wait to tell my grandkids I was here!”
— Lexington Herald-Leader (@heraldleader) August 30, 2021
*Gracyn Dawn Courtright, a mathematical economics major at Univ. of Kentucky, faces 4 Federal charges in Capitol riot.
*She posted videos from the front of the mob that clashed with security.
*She wrote: “Nobody is being violent !!!!! (From what I saw).” https://t.co/ZWTB494Xnn pic.twitter.com/OAF6xHf06q
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 19, 2021
WATCH: Gracyn Dawn Courtright, a University of Kentucky student from Putnam County, leaves federal court in Charleston today after her initial appearance. She is charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and was released on bond. https://t.co/nMHerQ1keU pic.twitter.com/roPQNL3DoS
— Eyewitness News (@wchs8fox11) January 19, 2021