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Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

A grandmother from Indiana who participated in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation for her involvement in the riot, ABC News reports.

Why it matters: Anna Morgan-Lloyd — a 49-year-old hair salon owner who pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building — is the first person to be sentenced in the attack.

  • She was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and pay $500 in restitution.

Flashback: Morgan-Lloyd posted on Facebook after the attack that it was the "best ... day ever," per ABC News. Prosecutors said she did not participate in any of the violence at the Capitol.

  • Morgan-Lloyd's connection to the riot became clear when she applied for a gun permit weeks after the riot, and an employee at the local sheriff's office recognized her while processing the application.

What they're saying: “I’m especially troubled by the accounts of some members of Congress that January 6 was just a day of tourists walking through the Capitol,” U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said Wednesday in handing down the Morgan-Lloyd's sentence, per the Washington Post.

  • “This was not a peaceful demonstration. It was not an accident that it turned violent; it was intended to halt the very functioning of our government.”
  • “Some of my defendants in some of these other cases think there’s no consequence to this, and there is a consequence,” Lamberth said. “I don’t want to create the impression that probation is the automatic outcome here, because it’s not going to be.”

The big picture: Roughly 500 people have been charged so far over their alleged participation in what has become one of the largest investigations ever undertaken by the Department of Justice, per ABC.

  • Dozens of accused rioters are in early plea discussions, per prosecutors.

Go deeper

Ex-Olympian pleads guilty in Capitol riot case as part of plea deal

Klete Keller. Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

American swimmer Klete Keller, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, pled guilty in federal court Wednesday to a single charge in connection to his appearance at the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as part of a plea deal, NBC News reports.

Driving the news: Keller, who faced seven federal charges for participating in the Capitol riot, pled guilty to a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding in exchange for prosecutors dismissing the six other charges, per CNBC.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Biden's carbon emissions-cutting pledge faces tough climb

Image from the Rhodium Group study "Pathways to Paris." Courtesy of the Rhodium Group.

The verdict is in: President Biden's U.S. emissions-cutting pledge isn't a fantasy, but the path to meeting it is very difficult and relies on forces outside of White House control.

Driving the news: The Rhodium Group just released an analysis of policy combinations that could close the gap between the current U.S. trajectory and Biden's vow under the Paris Agreement to cut emissions in half by 2030.

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Updated 1 hour ago - Economy & Business

Johnson & Johnson pulls the trigger on Texas talc gambit

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

It's official: Johnson & Johnson has invoked a Texas legal loophole in an attempt to protect the bulk of its corporate assets from claims that its baby powder caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

Why it matters: It's the biggest and boldest invocation yet of the so-called Texas two-step defense. But it's still not clear whether it's going to work.