US: Woman who threatened Pelosi’s life in Capitol assault sentenced

A Pennsylvania restaurant owner who shouted death threats at then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she stormed the U.S. Capitol was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in prison.

Pauline Bauer was near Pelosi’s office on Jan. 6, 2021, when she shouted at police officers to remove the California Democrat so the mob of supporters of then-U.S. President Donald Trump could hang her.

In January, Judge Trevor McFadden convicted Bauer on riot-related charges after hearing testimony in the bench trial. The judge sentenced her to two years and three months in prison, taking into account the several months she has already spent in jail, court records show.

Prosecutors had recommended a prison term of six years and six months for Bauer, 55, of Kane, Pennsylvania.

Bauer was part of the mob that forced East Plaza police officers to retreat. After forcing his way into the Capitol, he tackled officers trying to secure the Rotunda, shoved one of them and yelled at police “get them out or we’re coming in,” according to federal prosecutors.

“They are criminals. They should be hanged,” he shouted. “Get Nancy Pelosi in here now. We want to hang her. Bring her in.”

Other rioters shouted threats against Pelosi as they marched through the Capitol.

“Bauer’s threat to hang Speaker Pelosi was real, imminent and put the speaker of the House in danger,” U.S. Attorney James Peterson wrote in a document delivered to the court.

Bauer traveled from her home in northern Pennsylvania to attend then-President Trump’s rally in Washington on Jan. 6. She had attended a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a day earlier.

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