A US Capitol rioter who testified in court about verbally attacking federal prosecutors and the entire federal government was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for physically assaulting police on Jan. 6, 2021.
The woman, Audrey Ann Southard-Rumsey, 54, appeared to deliver her rambling 15-minute diatribe on the spur of the moment. according to CBS News.
“My whole dream of my life has been shattered because people have different politics than I do,” Southard-Rumsey said, the outlet reported.
As she sat before US District Judge Amit Mehta, she added, according to CBS, “I have grievances because they don’t listen to us at the polling station. They don’t listen to us little people in the normal world.”
Southard-Rumsey reportedly urged Mehta to think about “what I have to give up now,” closing by saying, “It’s not fair.”
She had been found guilty of seven offences, including three counts of assault or resisting police and three counts of rioting.
Mehta reportedly called them a “one-person junk crew.” The judge added an optional terrorism extension to meet the 72-month sentence prosecutors wanted, though Jan. 6 generally imposed shorter sentences than the government recommended.
The Spring Hill, Fla. resident worked as a vocal coach until her arrest in June 2021.
Prosecutors say she used a flagpole to crack down on police defending the Capitol, which resulted in an officer banging his head on the pedestal of a marble statue.
Video also caught Southard-Rumsey yelling at Capitol police, “Tell Pelosi, we’re here for that bitch,” referring to then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“We are a hundred thousand! What will it be?” Southard-Rumsey was heard saying on the video.
Prosecutors noted her threatening social media posts after the 2020 election, including “HANG THE TRAITORS!” and a message: “Go to her work and home, rip her out by the teeth and hang her for treason!”