Just days before Christmas, a north Texas realtor who took a private plane to D.C. on Jan 6. to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally — and later stormed the U.S. Capitol with a mob of her fellow Trump supporters — has reported to the facility where she’ll begin serving her sentence, the Dallas Observer reports.
Jenna Ryan will serve a total of 60 days at Bryan Federal Prison Camp in Bryan, Texas.
Ryan made numerous headlines in the wake of the Capitol riot. Back in March, Ryan fired off a series of tweets complaining that her story is being ignored in “conservative alt news,” which she describes as outlets like the Gateway Pundit and InfoWars. When someone chimed in on her thread and told her that she’s “goin’ to jail,” Ryan fired back with an explanation as to why that won’t happen.
“Definitely not going to jail,” she wrote. “Sorry I have blonde hair white skin a great job a great future and I’m not going to jail. Sorry to rain on your hater parade. I did nothing wrong.”
Ryan was charged back in January with violent entry and disorderly conduct in a capitol building along with other charges after her arrest the same month. Along with her 60-day sentence, she will also have to pay the standard $500 in restitution required in all January 6 misdemeanor plea deals. After her sentencing, Ryan and her attorney spoke with WUSA9 and she said she was sorry for entering the Capitol “for two minutes,” and then blamed the media for her sentence.
“I’m disappointed that I’m being used as an example, because other people that walked in for two minutes may not have the same thing, but because I’m a public person and I have a Twitter account, I’m being punished for that,” Ryan said. “Because the media are doing what you’re all doing now, I’m being punished for this. And it’s actually causing my incarceration. I think that’s a travesty. I think that everybody should be able to tweet without being persecuted and treated like crap.”
In November, she launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover the legal fees and expenses related to her case, and she’s using the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo to do it.
“Hello, I am a woman who went to the “Stop the Steal Rally” in Washington DC on January 6th. I got caught up in the crowd and entered the Capitol for 2 minutes and 8 seconds. I was sentenced to 2 months in prison yesterday,” the bio on her fundraising page reads. “The Judge says that everything I said at the protest was considered free speech, and the harsh sentenced I received is because I have a social media presence,” the bio continues. “The problem is, that the attention I received on social media was due to the extreme amount of negative publicity I received from the Mainstream Media. So basically, I’m getting a worse punishment because they want me to serve as a deterrent to others.”
As of this writing, her fundraising campaign garnered just over $1,600.