‘Very embarrassing’: Missouri woman convicted in Capitol riot


Two Springfield women accused of breaking into the Capitol on Jan. 6 — both on probation or out on bail due to previous felony convictions — said Friday, one halfway through. Another was imprisoned in a house.

Cara Hentschel, 35, was sentenced to 45 days in a “housing re-entry center”, 36 months of probation, 60 hours of community service, and a $500 fine.

Mahaliya Prior, 35, who broke into the Capitol with Hentschel, was ordered to serve 45 days in prison, 36 months of probation, and 60 hours of community service. U.S. District Judge Florence Y. Pang also ordered Pryor to participate in an inpatient substance abuse program and undergo a drug test.

Additionally, the pair will have to pay $500 in damages for damaging the Capitol building on January 6, which prosecutors say totals about $2.7 million.

The women, both of whom had served time for previous crimes, pleaded guilty to marching in Maya demonstration or picket at the Capitol.

The two attended a series of hearings by videoconference in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Hentschel told the judge that he was “100 percent very regretful” of his actions on January 6.

“I’m not only embarrassed, I’ve been affected in many ways by this,” she said.

Pryor said: …I deeply regret what I have done, the harm I have caused. ”

Before handing down his sentence, Pang told the women that although he had not committed violence or destroyed property, he was part of a mob that did.

“January 6, 2021 was a dark day for our country,” Pang said. “The peaceful transfer of power that has characterized our democracy was violently thwarted by a mob that swarmed the U.S. Capitol and overwhelmed law enforcement officers … The mob is a powerful force for free and fair elections. Acting with intent to overturn the results, the mob acted to overturn the will of the American people who voted in that election.”

The mob, she said, used force, violence and intimidation to “try to turn election losers into winners.”

“And in doing so, the mob literally and symbolically desecrated our agency.”

Prosecutors say the women in the red circle are Karla Hentschel and Mahaliyah Prior as they enter the Capitol through the Rotunda doors on January 6, 2021.

Prosecutors say the women in the red circle are Karla Hentschel and Mahaliyah Prior as they enter the Capitol through the Rotunda doors on January 6, 2021.

According to a government sentencing memorandum filed with the court, Hentschel and Pryor traveled from Missouri to Washington, D.C. to attend a pro-Trump “Stop theft” rally on Jan. 6, along with two others. I drove a car with a person. We walked through the restricted grounds of the Capitol and up the stairs on the east side of the building leading to the doors of the Rotunda.

The women were “in an increasingly agitated and noisy crowd that repeatedly clashed with police and caused multiple violations at the Rotunda Doors,” according to the documents.

Both women entered the building voluntarily, but told FBI agents they had no choice as the movement of the crowd forced them inside. Their entry took place a few minutes after the first break.

“When they entered the building, there were clear signs of a violent break-in,” the court documents said. “The panes of glass in the door were shattered and broken glass was on the floor. Officers were still engaged in confrontation with the mob.”

The women walked around the rotunda and adjacent corridors and left the building after about eight minutes, according to documents.

The document then states, “Hentschel boasted and boasted of her involvement in the riot and of being one of the first to break into the building. They were falsely bragging about breaking into the chairman’s office.”

‘Lack of respect for the law’

Hentschel’s social media statements “clearly endorsed the riots and, perhaps worst, showed that she encouraged future violence,” the documents said. He admitted that he had deleted the videos and photos from his phone.

The sentencing record described Hentschel’s extensive criminal record and said it “demonstrates little respect for the law.”

Since 2008, Hentschel has been convicted of 11 misdemeanor and three felony drug offenses, the documents say. The felonies included a 2017 Green County case in which Hentschel was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Her court suspended her prison sentence and placed her on her five-year probation.

“Between 2017 and 2019, Hentschel violated the terms of his probation 11 times,” the documents said. Her probation was eventually revoked and her underlying prison sentence reimposed. She entered an early release program and was released after 120 days and returned to five years of probation.

“Hentschel was on probation when he went to the Capitol and participated in the riots,” the document states.

Hentschel’s sentencing memorandum, which was filed with the court, included letters of praise from the bosses of the Springfield telecommunications company and his mother.

“Thankfully she was finally jailed,” her mother wrote. “It saved her life. For the first time in her adult life, she was pure and sober. Since the day she was released, she has been correcting her life and making amends for her past wrongs.” I did.”

Since his release from prison, Hentschel’s mother has written:

‘Rich criminal record’

Pryor also had a criminal record, including felonies, which the government described as “troubling,” according to sentencing documents.

Since 2008, Pryor has been convicted of multiple felonies and misdemeanors, the documents say. One of his felonies is breaking into a vehicle and stealing credit cards and currency.

Initially, she was sentenced to four years of probation, but that was revoked and she was sentenced to 120 days in prison. After her release, she was put back on probation, but she violated again and was sent to prison for three years.

“While on probation and parole, she committed an astounding 92 violations,” the sentencing document said.

“Pryor’s extensive criminal record, recidivism, and (and) difficulty complying with law enforcement orders show that she has little respect for the law,” the government said.

In Pryor’s sentencing memorandum filed with the court, her attorney said she had “generally complied” with the terms of her release but had recently relapsed and was admitted to an inpatient drug treatment facility.

On Thursday, the government submitted additional documents to her sentencing memorandum, saying it just learned Pryer had used heroin this month in violation of her pretrial release on charges of rioting in the Capitol. The government found Pryor was convicted of a felony in Missouri in April. leaving the edge. She was sentenced to five years in prison, but she received a five-year suspended sentence with a suspended sentence.

Pryor was out on bail for the crime when he took part in the Capitol riot.

Since the riot, Pryor has two more criminal cases. Felony of driving a motor vehicle without a valid license in Lawrence County in April 2021 and driving a motor vehicle without a license in Greene County in August 2021. valid license. The case also included misdemeanor charges of drunk driving and fleeing the scene of the accident.

A written statement expresses remorse

In a written statement to the judge, Hentschel described the events that occurred on January 6, 2021 as “absolutely terrifying.”

“The fact that I was there is very embarrassing, and I am very ashamed to have walked inside the Capitol that day,” she wrote. I am heartbroken at the exposed Capitol police and all the lives lost and affected by this.

“There is absolutely no excuse, and I believe I should be held accountable. I now believe that being an American means respecting the Constitution and the laws, and respecting the principles that govern us.” I understand what it means to act in a way. I will never violate those principles again.”

In a handwritten note, Pryor said she “deeply regrets” her participation in the riot.

“I went to D.C. just to stand up for my beliefs and express them,” she wrote. My behavior in was because I got caught up in the people around me.It was so chaotic and everything happened so fast….

“My actions on January 6th were unacceptable. I was just going to protest peacefully. I take responsibility for my actions and apologize for any damage I have caused.I hope those I have upset can forgive me.”