A Rochester woman who pleaded guilty to one felony count of interfering with law enforcement on Jan. 6 was sentenced Monday to 10 days in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington.

U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates also sentenced Victoria C. White, 41, a receptionist, to three months of home confinement and two years of supervised release.

Prosecutors sought a four-month prison sentence for White followed by three years of supervised release, according to court documents. The defense asked for no prison time and three months of home detention.

On Jan. 6, 2021, White wore a red baseball cap with the slogan "Make America Great Again" in white letters as she, one of her daughters and friends boarded a Washington, D.C., metro train to attend former President Donald Trump's "Save America" rally on the Ellipse, a park just south of the White House. Trump falsely claimed he had won the presidential election in November and was trying to keep now-President Joe Biden from taking office.

At 3:30 p.m., White joined the mob on the west side of the Capitol building, pushing toward the tunnel where dozens of law enforcement were beaten and assaulted as they protected the entrance, the prosecution's sentencing memo read.

She looked on as rioters pushed against police and hoisted another rioter over the crowd as he used his feet to kick at police, the memo read. White pushed forcefully through a group of people, losing her jacket, hat, the flag tied around her shoulder and her shoes in the process, prosecutors wrote.

The prosecution memo also noted her "significant criminal history," including convictions for assault and disorderly conduct and drunken driving in 2008 and 2013.

She has a more recent disorderly conduct charge pending from December 2022. White also violated the conditions of her release by planning to travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with families of other Jan. 6 defendants and members of Congress. Prosecutors said she was ordered to stay out of D.C. unless she received specific permission to visit.

In their sentencing memo, defense attorneys said White took responsibility by pleading guilty in August. They said the charges against her were unusually tough compared with other defendants given that she didn't enter the Capitol building until caught by law enforcement nor did she destroy property, her attorneys wrote. . . .

There's more at the Strib, including the explication of this:

In seeking leniency, defense attorneys Zach Crowder and Brad Hansen detailed White's difficult childhood and life in their memo.

Read the woeful tale at the Strib.

Meanwhile, Lyon County's fellow January 6 traveler, Larvita McFarquhar is selling patriot sweaters via her establishment's Facebook page in order to help White pay the $2000 she needs to hand over to the Architect of the Capitol to pay for damages.

Because nothing says Peace, Faith and Love like interfering with law enforcement.


Images: Screenshot The sweater from Etsy that could help pay White's fine to the Architect of the Capitol.  Photo Charging documents against Victoria White included screenshots of videos showing her in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. U.S, District Court Documents via Star Tribune.

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