A Clinton-appointed judge has sentenced a mother to three months in federal prison for the “crime” of attending the January 6 protest with her teenage son.
Presumably the reason for the lengthy prison sentence is that Virginia Spencer took her 14-year-old son to the Capitol that day. Her husband, Christopher Spencer, who has pleaded not guilty, faces three years of federal probation.
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Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly rebuked Virginia Spencer for bringing her child and questioned whether she had accepted responsibility for her role in the insurrection.
“This isn’t like a school or a tourist trip,” Kollar-Kotelly said.
The sentence includes a term of three years’ probation, which other federal judges have shied away from combining with jail time for misdemeanor defendants.
Before handing down her sentence, Kollar-Kotelly said she found “it very hard to comprehend…why you would bring a 14-year-old minor son to the Capitol,” adding that it showed a “lack of judgment.”
“Law enforcement had weapons, some of the [rioters] had weapons,” the judge said. “This isn’t like a school or a tourist trip. … I don’t understand but I sincerely hope he is alright,” Kollar-Kotelly continued, suggesting that it could have been “traumatic” for the boy.
Zerohedge.com reports: So far, roughly 70 of the more than 700 people who were arrested for attending the impromptu rally have been sentenced; only 30 of them have received jail time. The harshest sentence appears to be the five-year prison term that one participant received for attacking the Capitol Police with a poll and throwing a fire extinguisher at one.
The mother thought she was going to a rally. She had no idea what was going to happen. Unless she or the boy participated in violent behavior, what possible reason should she go to jail?