Suzanne Ianni, the one-time Natick Town Meeting member who rode a bus down to DC and then partook in a hootin' and hollerin' coup de blah on Jan 6, was sentenced to two weeks and a day for her meandering and screaming where she shouldn't have.
Ianni, who helped organize buses to DC for fellow would-be Massachusetts putschists in the so-called "Super Happy Fun America" group, will also have to spend 2 1/2 years on probation and pay $500 towards the cost of restoring the Capitol after the rampage by oaf keepers and other Trump fanbois.
Federal prosecutors had urged Washington federal Judge Carl Nichols to put her away for a full month on her guilty plea to a charge of entering the Capitol, for several reasons:
Ianni led rioters in chants of "fight for Trump," while seeing rioters breaking doors and windows to gain access to the Capitol; (2) Ianni witnessed people who had been injured as they attempted to break into the Capitol; (3) when Ianni was finally able to enter the Capitol, she was part of a group that confronted and eventually overwhelmed police officers, allowing the group to move further into the Capitol; and (4) as of the time of this filing, Ianni has not expressed remorse for her actions on January 6.
Ianni's attorney, Henry Fasoldt of Boston, though, urged Nichols to keep her out of prison but to sentence her to a year of probation and 40 hours of community service:
Suzanne Ianni is devoted to her family, her community, and her country. She was raised to have an abiding respect for law enforcement, and has had no prior contacts with the criminal court system. Her compliance with community supervision for nearly two years while this case has remained pending reflects the law-abiding lifestyle to which she has returned and will maintain. ...
Ms. Ianni is a civic-minded, educated, and decent person. She made a significant error in judgment by entering the Capitol Building. This mistake, when balanced against her otherwise productive, loving, and meaningful life, does not square. She should suffer the consequences for such a transgression, but it must be proportional. The requested sentence – 1 year of probation, 40 hours of community service, and $500 of restitution – is just, humane, and consistent with sentences imposed against similarly situated defendants.
Also, compare some yelling inside the Capitol with what other Y'All Quaedists were doing, he urged Nichols. And she's just such a lovely, loving person, he continued - her father and grandfather both worked as state troopers and she gave up a career as an electrical engineer to raise her three children.
In addition to caring for her family, Ms. Ianni became involved in her neighborhood and local politics. She advocated for improvement projects such as road maintenance and local safety measures. From March 2019 until March 2022, she served as an unpaid town official.
Ianni has paid for her activities on 1/6, he wrote: Her marriage broke up, she wasn't re-elected as a Natick Town Meeting member and she suffered "damages to relationships with other people in her community."
Nichols then split the difference in his sentence.
Government sentencing recommendation (1.3M PDF).
Defense sentencing recommendation (192k PDF).