HUNTINGTON — A plea hearing set for a Hurricane, West Virginia, woman accused of participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach was postponed Tuesday as attorneys continue to work toward a plea deal.
Gracyn Dawn Courtright is now expected to enter a plea for her involvement at 10 a.m. Aug. 25. U.S. District Court Judge Christopher R. Cooper said the hearing will be via video conference, but said her sentencing will most likely be in person.
Courtright’s attorney Thomas Abbenante said after receiving a plea offer from Assistant U.S. District Attorney Rachel Fletcher, he proposed a counter offer. Fletcher said it was currently under review by her supervisors, but is expected to be approved.
Courtright was charged in a criminal complaint with theft of government property under $1,000, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and knowingly engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct in any restricted building or grounds.
According to an FBI affidavit in support of the criminal complaint and arrest warrant, a witness saw a video of Courtright in the halls of the Capitol and messaged her on Instagram asking if she was there. The witness provided a screenshot of the messages to the FBI.
Courtright admitted she went in, prompting the witness to express embarrassment, according to the FBI.
Courtright allegedly said, “I’m not embarrassed so you shouldn’t be,” bragging that the event was making “history” and said she thought “it was cool.”
When the witness accused her of treason, Courtright said she did not know what treason was, according to the affidavit. Before Courtright deleted her Instagram account, she wrote, “Infamy is just as good as fame. Either way I end up more known. XOXO.”
According to the affidavit, in two Instagram photos in which she is raising her arms in the air, Courtright wrote, “Can’t wait to tell my grandkids I was here!”
The affidavit said photos of a woman seen at the Capitol on Jan. 6 were similar to the physical features of Courtright’s driver’s license and her Instagram account.
The FBI said she was wearing a black coat and a hat with a yellow band at the Capitol.
A woman whose clothes and physical features matched those of Courtright was seen on a video near the Senate chambers carrying a “Members Only” sign before a law enforcement officer confiscated it. A newspaper photo also appeared to place Courtright in a crowd that initially clashed with police in the halls of the Capitol, the FBI said.
The affidavit said Courtright at the time of her arrest was a senior at the University of Kentucky. According to the university, she was majoring in mathematical economics.