Prosecutors: couple took their son to the assault on the Capitol

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that a North Carolina woman deserves to go to prison for taking her 14-year-old son to the Capitol during the January 6 insurrection.

Virginia Marie «Jenny» Spencer and her husband Christopher were carrying the child «on their backs» when they joined the other insurgents who crossed a line of police officers, invaded the suite of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and sought to enter the compound. the chamber, prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.

Prosecutors recommended three months in prison for Jenny Spencer, who pleaded guilty in September to demonstrating in a Capitol building, a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of six months in prison. Federal Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly plans to deliver the sentence on January 7.

Christopher Spencer has pleaded not guilty.

Previous court documents in the case against the Spencers make no mention of the minor’s presence during the riots. But in the memo, prosecutors say it is an aggravating factor to the jail sentence.

«(Jenny Spencer’s) involvement in an insurrection that managed to stop legislative certification combined with the defendant’s involvement of her minor son make a jail sentence necessary and appropriate in this case,» the memo reads.

According to prosecutors, Jenny Spencer saw police throw tear gas and stun grenades at the mob before she and her husband entered the Capitol with their six-year-old son a few minutes after the initial penetration of the building.

Inside the building, the Spencers broke through the police line attempting to contain the mob and briefly entered Pelosi’s suite, the memo says.

«It should be noted that President Pelosi had employees trapped in that suite while the insurgents called President Pelosi who was steps away from them,» prosecutors wrote.