WASHINGTON (TodayNews) — A Florida woman was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison for assaulting police officers during the Jan. 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol uprising.
Audrey Ann Southard-Ramsey, 54, of Spring Hill, Florida, was sentenced in federal court in the District of Columbia, according to court records. In January, she was found guilty of seven felony charges, including three counts of assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers, three counts of civil disorder and one count of obstructing a formal hearing.
Southard-Ramsey was arrested in June 2021.
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According to court documents, Southard-Rumsey, along with others, opposed Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 victory over then-President Donald Trump. The crowd stormed the Capitol to try to prevent Congress from confirming the election results in favor of Biden, not Trump, authorities said. Five people died as a result of the violence.
According to the criminal case, Southard-Ramsey stepped up calls for revolution on social media and worked with others on a declaration calling for the abolition of the Democratic Party and the creation of a new government. The complaint states that on the day of the attack on the Capitol, Southard-Ramsey uploaded a photo of herself in the east plaza to Facebook and then broadcast the video live.
According to prosecutors, Southard-Ramsey was part of a large group that broke through the police barricades. At one point, she grabbed a police officer by the shield and then pushed the officer with a flagpole, causing him to fall and hit his head, officials said. She also joined the group that pushed police officers down the stairs, authorities said.
According to official figures, more than 1,000 people have been arrested in almost all 50 states on suspicion of crimes related to violating the requirements of the Capitol. More than 350 people have been charged with attacking or obstructing law enforcement.