The Pennsylvania woman, known as the “Bullhorn Lady” because she used a bullhorn to lead the January 6 rioters who stormed the Capitol during the 2021 insurrection, said surprised by the sentence prosecutors requested against him, which could involve prison time.
Rachel Powell, also known as the “Pink Hat Lady” because of what she was wearing that day, was identified by the online community of open source intelligence investigators “Sedition Hunters” and arrested in February 2021.
In late July, the 42-year-old mother of eight and grandmother of six was found guilty of nine charges, including counts of obstructing police officers in the exercise of their duties and obstructing an official proceeding for his role in the January 6 riots. She has been confined at home since September 2022 after violating the conditions of her provisional release.
According to federal prosecutors, Powell developed an obsession with keeping Trump in power and conducted “surveillance” at a lawmaker’s home. She was on the front lines of the mob that clashed with Capitol Police on January 6, 2021, when she used a bullhorn to encourage rioters to “take the building.”
Prosecutors have asked Powell to serve eight years in federal prison for her crimes, and a sentencing hearing for the woman is scheduled for Tuesday, October 17.
Speaking Monday to Steve Bannon on pillow mogul Mike Lindell’s online channel “Lindell TV,” with Cynthia Hughes, founder of the nonprofit Patriot Freedom Project, which supports accused rioters in the Capitol riots, Powell said she was surprised that federal prosecutors were seeking prison time.
“I didn’t go deep into the building, I didn’t go into the Senate forum, I didn’t go into anyone’s offices,” she said. “I don’t understand why they’re asking so much. It doesn’t make sense to me because it was a mistake and I’m sorry.”
She said: “I wish I could pay for this or do something, anything, but eight years: destroying my family for what I think should be a crime is just insane.”
Three of his children appeared on air behind Powell and Hughes, one of whom wore a Make America Great Again hat.
“I broke the window, I did it,” Powell admitted later, after Bannon asked her again why she thought the prosecution was asking for eight years in prison. “I was on the violent side of the building, I was on the west side, and after I saw Rosanne Boyland dead at my feet, I was obviously irrational, I broke a window,” she said. Boyland was killed in a stampede of other rioters.
“But to give someone eight years in prison for that, during an out-of-control demonstration… you know, we’re not insurgents, we didn’t go there with a plan,” she said. declared.
In a video from January 6, 2021, Powell can be heard telling rioters, “People should probably coordinate if you want to take this building,” and later, “we have another window to break to get in and out.” easy.”
The next day, she reportedly wrote that “it was a damn war to get in” to the Capitol building.
Powell and Hughes talked about Powell being taken away from her children if she was sentenced to prison.
“We’re praying for a miracle tomorrow, that’s what we need,” Hughes said of Tuesday’s hearing.
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