Jan 6 Capitol Riots Offender Ask Early Release From Supreme Court On Grounds Of Insect Infestation In Her Jail

Washington DC: The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review a woman who was sentenced to prison for her role on January 6, 2021. The lady claims that her imprisonment is infested with mice and insects, which is one of the reasons behind her request.

Sandra Weyer, 60, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was found guilty on June 6, 2023, and is currently serving a 14-month sentence. Her words to the demonstrators were “hold your ground” and “don’t retreat,” according to court filings. She ultimately made her way into the Capitol by the East Rotunda door and stayed there for around eleven minutes as she looked for her brother, who she thought had vanished amidst the mayhem.

In addition, she was judged guilty of four misdemeanor counts: accessing and remaining on Capitol property; disruptive behavior within a restricted building or grounds; and parading, picketing, or demonstrating within a Capitol building. In addition to a $2,000 fine and restitution order, her punishment entails a year of supervised release.

As of December 2023, 719 of the 1,201 persons charged with involvement in the violence at the US Capitol have entered guilty pleas. The accused come from all 50 states. Three people have been found not guilty, 119 people have been found guilty on all counts, and 64 of the 728 people who were sentenced have already completed their prison term. There have been eight cases closed.

45 days after Weyer began serving her sentence, on December 31, 2023, a 12-page motion was filed requesting early release on a number of grounds, including “distressing” living conditions while incarcerated at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, which normally houses both convicted felons serving short sentences and pretrial male and female inmates.

“The section of the facility to which she has been assigned is experiencing a rodent infestation,” the motion reads. “Regularly, Weyer finds mice and insects in her bedding. Maggots and weevils are a common sight in the food hall.”