Woman accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop allowed to attend Renaissance fair

A Pennsylvania woman made headlines last year when she was accused of stealing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop during the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

Although she has been confined to her home for a year and a half, the New York Post reported this week that she was recently given a reprieve. 

Defendant allowed to attend Renaissance-themed event

According to the paper, 25-year-old Riley Williams was recently granted permission to leave her home for eight hours so she can attend a Renaissance fair in Lancaster County.

Lori Ulrich serves as Williams’ attorney, and she provided details of the rules governing her client in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“She is confined to her home 24/7 with exceptions. Every once in a while, if there is an activity that interests her, we ask if she can attend,” Ulrich explained to the paper.

The Post-Gazette also noted that Williams’ judge had earlier denied a request that her trial be moved from Washington D.C. to central Pennsylvania.

Judge Amy Jackson wrote, “The defendant appears to know little about the city or its people, and she relies on a flawed survey and mere assumptions and generalizations about the jury pool.”

Jackson is an Obama appointee who previously presided over the criminal trial of Roger Stone, an advisor to former President Donald Trump.

FBI investigated whether Williams intended to sell laptop to Russia

The Post noted that Williams was arrested on January 18, 2021 after photos emerged which appear to show her taking the laptop. What’s more, prosecutors contend that Williams went on to boast of the crime in a series of statements made on the internet platform Discord.

“I STOLE S–T FROM NANCY POLESI [sic],” she allegedly wrote in one message. Another read, “I DOMT [sic] CAREI TOOK NANCY POLESIS [sic] HARD DRIVES I DON’T CARE KILL ME.”

The Post reported in January of last year that the FBI was looking into whether Williams intended to sell the stolen laptop to the Russian government.

“[Witness 1] stated that WILLIAMS intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service,” an FBI agent said in an affidavit.

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