Bancroft is one of More than 800 people who have been arrested and charged with seizing the United States Capitol building to challenge the results of the presidential election. Bancroft is one of nearly 200 people who have been convicted, while others are awaiting trial and making plea deals.
Bancroft pleaded guilty last year to a misdemeanor charge of marching, demonstrating or picketing a capitol building. The maximum sentence for the charge was six months in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
Carina Laguzzi, Bancroft’s attorney, told The Washington Post that incarceration for misdemeanor trespassing is “too punitive,” especially for people with no criminal history.
At Bancroft’s sentencing hearing on Thursday, prosecutors argued the government was fair given that she illegally entered the Capitol twice on Jan. 6 and that her comments about Pelosi (D-Calif .) MacFarlane reported in a series of tweets.
The hearing focused heavily on the video Bancroft made and shared with a friend, who in turn alerted authorities. Bancroft, however, was never charged with uttering a threat.
Judge Emmet Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia told Bancroft that her comments were not acceptable in a democratic society and said he was sorry for her, CNN reported.
“The comments you made on the steps of the Capitol in the presence of others … were reckless statements that people should be held accountable for,” he said, according to CNN. “How many others left that day [thinking]’Hey, next time I come over, I’ll bring my balls for Nancy’?”
Bancroft told the court she regrets her decisions, explaining that her gym she owns has lost her CrossFit membership since she was charged and that she and her adult children have often been harassed or threatened.
In May, Bancroft won a primary race to be the Republican nominee for Doylestown Borough’s 2nd District Committee.
Bucks County Republican Committee Chair Patricia K. Poprick said the philadelphia investigator that she had never met Bancroft and that the group will likely have to “have a conversation with her” about her sentencing and her role on the committee.
The committee publicly condemned the actions of the January 6 rioters. “We cannot allow violence to undermine the rule of law,” the GOP group tweeted on January 6, 2021. “While we can be passionate about our beliefs and engage in peaceful protest, we must not revert to violence.”
The committee did not respond to a request for comment.