Mercer County woman can spend holidays at home before going to prison for Jan. 6 Capital breach
A Mercer County woman involved in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol was handed her sentence on Tuesday.
Rachel Powell, often referred to as "pink hat lady" or "bullhorn lady" has been sentenced to 57 months in prison on nine charges including civil disorder, obstruction, destruction of U.S. property, entering a restricted building or property with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.
Following her prison sentence, Powell is to serve 36 months of supervised release.
According to court records, the U.S. Government made an oral motion for Powell's prison term to begin immediately, but this motion was denied by the judge and Powell is permitted to self-surrender after January 5, 2024. Powell has spent more than two years under house arrest as she awaited trial and sentencing.
Powell is one of nine people from the Valley to have been involved in the January 6 riot with others including Phillip Vogel and Debra Maimone, both from New Castle.
Vogel was previously sentenced to 30 days in jail followed by one year of supervised release and Maimone was sentenced to two years of probation. Both were convicted of aiding and abetting the theft of U.S. property.
Additionally, Brian and Julia Sizer of Ellwood City were both sentenced to one year of probation and Stephen Ayers of Champion had been sentenced to two years of probation.
Matthew Perna of Sharpsville was scheduled to be sentenced for his role in the attack but took his own life just days before his sentencing hearing.
Two more Valley residents have yet to be sentenced including Michael Lockwood of Southington, who could face up to eight years in prison. He's scheduled to be sentenced on November 3.
Additionally, Kenneth Thomas of East Liverpool is scheduled to be sentenced on November 15.