A jury convicts a Roanoke woman on Jan. 6 charges
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A jury convicts a Roanoke woman on Jan. 6 charges

A Roanoke woman was sentenced Monday for her role in the Jan. 6 insurrection in the nation’s capital.

Casey Tryon-Castro was found guilty by a federal jury of all six counts against her: obstruction of police during a riot, robbing an officer of his shield during a riot, entering a restricted area, disorderly conduct, physical violence and obstruction of passage through a building Capitol.

Tryon-Castro, 34, could remain free pending sentencing.

In testimony during the 10-day trial, Tryon-Castro admitted that, according to her lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Ben Schiffelbein, she committed disorderly conduct in a restricted area. However, the defense disputed the charges of assault and robbery.

Tyron-Castro Capitol

This photo, provided as part of an arrest warrant, shows Tryon-Casto (circled) standing on the steps of the Capitol in front of a line of police officers on January 6, 2021.

United States Attorney for the District of Columbia

After traveling to Washington with family and friends on January 6, 2021, Tryon-Castro joined a large crowd of Donald Trump supporters who listened to a speech by the former president, who complained that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

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Hours later, the rally turned into a mob, forcing its way into the Capitol as a joint session of Congress was about to certify Joe Biden’s election victory.

Social media and surveillance footage showed Tryon-Castro holding a wooden pole as she headed toward the Lower West Terrace tunnel entrance, where a group of police officers tried to fend off the attack.

The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., alleges that Tryon-Castro extracts a riot shield from a Metropolitan Police Department officer and passes it to other rioters.

“We need to bring our shields to the front, everyone,” she shouted, encouraging rioters to advance on the line of officers, the complaint charges. The standoff lasted nearly three hours and was “one of the longest and most dangerous attacks on police” during the riot, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

After prosecutors dismissed the case last Wednesday, Schiffelbein asked the judge to acquit Tryon-Castro of the robbery charge. Court records show there is no evidence that his client intended to permanently strip the office of its shield.

Tyron-Castro standing

Casey Tryon-Casto is pictured in this photo at the United States Capitol. It is part of a federal arrest warrant charging a Roanoke woman with criminal acts related to the January 6, 2021 insurrection.

United States Attorney for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras rejected that request, ruling that prosecutors only had to show collection “over a period of time.”

Tryon-Castro was tried along with co-defendant Micaiah Joseph of Prince William County, who elected to represent himself. When the trial began on May 28, Schiffelbein requested that his client be removed from the case on the grounds that it would be prejudicial to her to appear before a jury with an unrepresented co-defendant. Contreras denied this request.

Although Joseph acted as his own attorney, Kira Anne West of Washington, D.C., served as his alternate legal counsel.

West argued with government lawyers representing other defendants on Jan. 6. Prosecutors are complaining about her “as if we were in a kindergarten sandbox rather than in a federal court in the nation’s capital,” West wrote in court documents. “The government complains that the undersigned attorney is too loud and laughs too much and makes other childish comments.”

West made the comment in response to prosecutors’ request that she not be allowed to speak to jurors after the trial unless they were also present. West called the request “oppressive and noisy.”

A jury convicted Joseph on similar charges.

More than 1,424 people – including at least nine others from West Virginia – have been charged in an investigation that continues two and a half years after what prosecutors called an attack on democracy.