Woman who went to prison for partaking in Jan 6 riot is going back after violating probation by ‘associating with known drug users’

A Missouri woman who spent time in prison over her role the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is back in jail, The Kansas City Star reported.

Mahailya Pryer, 35, was arrested this month for violating her probation and is now being held without bond.

Pryer “continues to associate with known drug users and individuals involved in the criminal justice system,” operated a motor vehicle on four occasions without a valid license or insurance, possessed methamphetamine on four occasions, failed to make any effort to get a job and failed to attend substance abuse treatment, according to a report from the U.S. Probation Office.

“According to the supervision officer, Ms. Pryer presents as if she is intentionally committing violations and not being truthful because she does not believe there are consequences,” the report stated.

Pryer and another woman, Cara Hentschel, entered the Capitol building during the riot, and were charged with four misdemeanors. As The Star points out, both women were on probation or bond for prior felony convictions while they partook in the riot

Both women pleaded guilty in May 2022 to one misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

In addition to her sentence in September to 45 days’ incarceration, 36 months’ probation and 60 hours of community service, she was ordered to participate in an abuse program and subject herself to drug testing.

The women told FBI agents that they entered the Capitol because the movement of the crowd forced them inside.

“There were clear signs of violent entry when they entered the building,” sentencing documents said. “The door’s glass panes were shattered, and broken glass was on the floor. Alarms sounded and police had been assaulted in that location minutes prior to their entry into the building. When they entered, officers were still engaged in confrontations with rioters.”

The pair roamed around inside the Capitol but then exited the building after about eight minutes, according to court documents.

“I went to D.C. to only support my beliefs and voice them,” she in a letter after her sentencing. “I did not go to cause any kind of damage or harm. My actions that day was due to getting wound up by the other people around us. It was so chaotic and everything happened so fast….

“My actions on January 6th were unacceptable… I hate that the events of January 6th happened as they did. I only meant to peacefully protest. I recognize my issues and want to change. I accept responsibility for my actions and apologize for any harm I caused. I hope the ones I upset can forgive me.”

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.