Gracyn Courtright biography: 13 things about US Capitol riot suspect from Hurricane, West Virginia

Gracyn Dawn Courtright
Gracyn Dawn Courtright

Gracyn Dawn Courtright is a white woman from West Virginia, United States. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She lives in Hurricane, West Virginia with her father Gregory Courtright, who is a lawyer. She has a twin sister and a younger brother. (a) (b) (c)
  2. She attended Hurricane High School. (d)
  3. She was named to the dean’s list of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky in Spring 2020 and in Fall 2020. (d)
  4. On the morning of January 6, 2021, she attended the Save America March rally on the Ellipse of the White House in Washington, D.C., USA to listen to Donald Trump‘s speech. At 2:42 p.m., she entered the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA via a door near the West Senate Stairs. That day, Trump’s supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. At 3:01 p.m., she carried a Members Only sign while walking up the steps near the Senate Chamber inside the U.S. Capitol building. A law enforcement officer later confiscated it from her. She left the building at 3:05 p.m. (e)
  5. When she participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, she was 23 years old and she was a senior at the University of Kentucky where she was a mathematical economics major. She took to Instagram and Twitter to share photos and videos of her participation in the riot. She captioned one of her riot photos, “can’t wait to tell my grandkids I was here!” In one of her responses to comments, she admitted that she did not know the meaning of treason. She deactivated both her Instagram and Twitter accounts after receiving an avalanche of negative comments. (a) (b) (e)
  6. On January 12, 2021, a University of Kentucky student started a petition calling on their university’s administration to expel her. On the same day, Federal Bureau of Investigation agent called her father, who acknowledged her involvement in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 and said she would cooperate with law enforcement. (e) (f)
  7. On January 14, 2021, FBI special agents went to their house in Hurricane to interview her but it was her father who talked to them. He told the agents he was not comfortable letting her give a statement unless she was notified she would not get in trouble for her action. (e)
  8. On January 16, 2021, U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui signed a federal affidavit supporting criminal charges against her, which a FBI special agent filed in Washington, D.C. court. (e)
  9. On January 19, 2021, she was arrested in Charleston, West Virginia. (g)
  10. On January 27, 2021, she made her initial appearance. (g)
  11. For her participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, she was charged with knowingly entering and remaining in any restricted building or grounds without unlawful authority; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building; disorderly conduct in a U.S. Capitol building; parading, demonstrating or picketing in a U.S. Capitol building and theft of government property. She pleaded not guilty to all counts on February 11, 2021. (b) (e) (g) 
  12. On August 30, 2021, she pleaded guilty to knowingly entering and remaining in any restricted building or grounds without unlawful authority in exchange for dropping three other misdemeanors related to the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. (h) 
  13. She is expected to attend a sentence hearing at 10:00 a.m. on November 16, 2021. (h) 


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