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A woman accused of operating “QAnon” conspiracy threads on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for her role in an October 2017 protest at the US Capitol, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said.
A short video of the demonstration was posted on QAnon propaganda on Reddit.
Conspiracy theories popularized by the Twitter account @QAnon were taken over by followers determined to prove their loyalty to President Donald Trump through stories about an unidentified “Q” persona. Q refers to members of Trump’s “inner circle” who allegedly tried to contact him about hijacking US intelligence agencies.
Amy Berman Jackson, the US Attorney for the District of Columbia, said in a statement that Anthony Martinez, 46, of Arlington, Virginia, was the leader of an organized group that disrupted Congress.
“Ms. Martinez and her followers specifically targeted officials, legislators, and staff members of the United States Congress in order to achieve their political ends,” Jackson said.
In court documents Martinez admitted to leading a group “that engaged in criminal activity” around the Capitol as part of a conspiracy to disrupt “governing activities” for various political purposes, the US Attorney’s Office said.
“She is due to surrender at the federal correctional institute in Montgomery, Alabama, on June 14, 2018, and will report for reporting to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons.”