BREAKING: Colorado 'praying grandma' who walked in Capitol on J6 found guilty by DC jury

Lavrenz reportedly faces $210,000 in fines and one year in jail

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC
On Thursday afternoon, a Colorado grandmother who briefly entered the Capitol Building on January 6, after praying on the grounds with a group for over an hour, was found guilty on four misdemeanor charges.

Multiple sources close to the case confirmed to The Post Millennial that she had been found guilty this afternoon by a DC jury. She could be sentenced to a year in prison and fines exceeding $200,000.

The jury deliberated for nearly 26 hours before finding Lavrenz guilty. She is 71-years-old and owns a bed and breakfast in Colorado Springs.

Rebecca Lavrenz had been charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol Building.

Lavrenze testified in her own defense for five hours on Monday, and the jury began deliberations on the sameday, stretching all the way to Thursday. "The deliberation was good because obviously at least one person on the jury was fighting for me, and many people have been convicted in the first hour," she said.

She prayed outside the Capitol building on January 6, and briefly entered the building. In a video posted to X on March 20, in advance of her trial, Lavrenz was in tears.

"My own country is treating me like a criminal," she said through sobs, "just because I believe that they stole my rightful president. I was just standing up for my country, it makes me a criminal. And it's just not right, it feels so weird to be here. Over three years ago I was here."

She told the FBI that she spent about 10 minutes inside the Capitol Building on J6, over an hour praying outside. She was charged with four misdemeanor counts. Surveillance footage shows her peacefully walking around inside the Capitol Building and speaking to a Capitol Police Officer.

She has since launched a fundraiser to help with her legal fees. 

"I didn’t get into this for myself," she said, "I was there to stand up for my country. I asked God if I did something wrong, if I needed to repent, and God said, 'No, you went there to make my presence known and to pray.' My biggest prayer is that God gets the final word this week."

Lavrenz is mother to four adult children, grandmother to seven grandchildren, and great-grandmother to one. She said she had prayed about whether or not she should attend the Stop the Steal rally at the Elipse in DC on that day.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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