UPDATE PUBLISHED AT 1 P.M. JULY 20, 2021
WASHINGTON DC (WTVQ) – A West Virginia woman who was a student at the University of Kentucky when accused of participating in the Jan.6, 2021 raid on the U.S. Capitol has had her plea hearing postponed Tuesday.
Gracyn Dawn Courtright was scheduled to plead guilty at 10 a.m. on Monday, but a federal court notice posted on the US District Court’s website has moved the hearing to 10 a.m. on August 25, 2021. Judge Christopher Cooper is overseeing the case.
No reason was given for the change.
Courtright will remain free on its own commitment.
UPDATE PUBLISHED AT 4 P.M. JUNE 28, 2021
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) – A plea agreement hearing is scheduled next month for a West Virginia woman accused of taking a ‘Members Only’ sign near Senate chambers as she accompanied the supporters of former President Donald Trump during the storming of the United States Capitol. January 6th.
The hearing of Gracyn Dawn Courtright of Hurricane, W.Va., is scheduled for July 20 in federal court in Washington, DC, according to court documents. The notice of hearing was given last week. Courtright remains free on the personal commitment link.
Courtright is charged with theft of government property under $ 1,000 and four counts involving his driving in a Capitol and a small building.
Eight people pleaded guilty in federal court to riot-related offenses. Courtright is one of at least four others who have apparently agreed to plead guilty, court records show.
Courtright admitted that she entered, prompting the witness to express embarrassment, according to the FBI.
Courtright reportedly said: “I’m not embarrassed so you shouldn’t be,” boasted that the event was making “history” and said she thought “it was cool”.
When the witness charged her with treason, Courtright said she did not know what treason was, according to the affidavit. Before Courtright deleted her Instagram account, she wrote: “Infamy is as good as fame. Either way, I end up being more famous. XOXO.”
According to the affidavit, in two Instagram photos of her raising her arms in the air, Courtright wrote: “I can’t wait to tell my grandchildren that I was here! “
The affidavit stated that photos of a woman seen on Capitol Hill on Jan.6 were similar to the physical characteristics of Courtright’s driver’s license and her Instagram account. The FBI said she was wearing a black coat and hat with a yellow stripe on Capitol Hill.
A woman whose clothing and physical features matched Courtright’s was seen in video near the Senate Chamber carrying a “Members Only” sign before a law enforcement officer confiscated her. A newspaper photo also appeared to place Courtright in a crowd that initially clashed with police in the halls of the Capitol, the FBI said.
The affidavit stated that Courtright at the time of his arrest was a senior at the University of Kentucky. According to the university, she was majoring in mathematical economics.
Update: January 19, 2021:
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – University of Kentucky student charged in January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has been released on bail with travel restrictions after her first court appearance federal Tuesday, according to Kentucky Core.
The report says Gracyn Courtright, a mathematical economics major from West Virginia, was released on a $ 10,000 unsecured bond with conditions.
Citing the parole order filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the newspaper reports that Courtright is limited to the Southern District of West Virginia and the District of Columbia for appearances before the tribunal.
His probation officer may approve travel outside of the restrictions to attend the University of Kentucky, according to the report.
She must also surrender her passport to a probation officer, try to find a job, cannot consume alcohol, cannot have a gun and may be required to attend a counseling program, according to the report.
Courtright has been named a public defender, according to the Kentucky Kernel.
Surveillance camera video shows Courtright carrying a “Members Only” sign from the floor of the US Senate, according to federal prosecutors.
She has been charged with theft of property under $ 1,000, knowingly entering a restricted building, disruptive behavior and violent entry into the Capitol grounds, federal court files filed with the district court show. American District of Columbia.
Original story below from January 17, 2021:
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – University of Kentucky student in West Virginia faces federal charges for her role and involvement in the Jan.6 incidents at the U.S. Capitol charges).
Gracyn Dawn Courtright is charged with theft of property under $ 1,000, knowingly entering a restricted building, disruptive behavior and violently entering the Capitol grounds, federal court records filed on Saturday in court show the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Affidavits filed by an FBI agent cite Courtright’s own social media posts, photos and videos to substantiate the allegations against her.
She deleted her social networks – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – shortly after the incidents.
Courtright’s father also confirmed certain details in a conversation with FBI agents who spoke to him at his West Virginia home where his daughter was staying, according to the affidavits.
In her posts, Courtright said she had never seen violence and had not participated in any herself. She is shown at one point carrying a “Members Only” sign from the floor of the US Senate.
In an exchange with a friend on social media, she said she didn’t know what betrayal was.
The University of Kentucky declined to comment directly on his case, but said the school’s disciplinary rules may apply.
“We don’t discuss individual disciplinary matters. But, in general, we can tell you that the student code of conduct applies both on and off campus. If the university becomes aware that a student is taking action in violation of local, state or federal laws, the student code of conduct applies in that context, ”the university said in a statement.