NBC News reports:
A military veteran who stormed the U.S. Capitol with the Oath Keepers on Jan. 6 was sentenced to 8½ years in federal prison Friday after apologizing for her actions. Jessica Watkins told U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta that her actions were “reprehensible,” and apologized for the impact that her conduct had on the country.
“My actions and my behaviors that fateful day were wrong, and as I now understand, criminal,” she said. “Violence is never the answer.” Watkins, recalling her testimony during her trial, said once again that she was “just another idiot” running around the Capitol on Jan. 6, and apologized to the officers.
She said she was “watching Infowars” and Alex Jones and was “hearing that Dominion servers were being invaded by the Chinese” prior to the Jan. 6 attack. She said she still believes that the country needs to take a closer look at the 2020 election.
Read the full article. During her trial, the jury was shown video of Watkins calling members of the Capitol Police “faggots,” which she attributed to deeply ingrained self-loathing. Last February, Watkins sought pre-trial release, saying that she feared her treatment by fellow prisoners. Watkins in the past has threatened “class action” lawsuits against critics of the Oath Keepers.
BREAKING: Jessica Watkins, seen nodding to my camera in the clip below before breaching the East side of the Capitol on January 6, 2021, has been sentenced to 8.5 years in prison.
Watkins, a veteran, is unique as a transgender woman who led the “Ohio State Regular Militia.” https://t.co/jkV7jCtTx7 pic.twitter.com/14WLuXi6hs
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) May 26, 2023