Pamela Hemphill, a 69-year-old grandmother, was sentenced in May to two months in prison for her activities at the Capitol on Jan. 6. She has no prior criminal history and she’s currently fighting breast cancer. She is also a substance abuse counselor.
The display name on her Twitter page is PamHemphill-MAGAGranny.
Hemphill’s daughter drove her to Federal Correctional Institution Dublin in Dublin, California, on Tuesday.
Upon their arrival, her daughter asked, “Mom, how do you feel?”
“Scared to death. I’m frightened, but I know God’s with me. Just going to take it five minutes at a time, one day at a time,” she replied.
“Mom, what do you have to say to the American people as your last words before you go in?”
“Just keep your faith no matter what’s going on in your life,” Hemphill said. “God’s with us no matter what’s happening to us. It’s gonna be okay in our lives if we just lean on God and trust – do what’s right and help make this country better again. And support all those that are right now locked up in – the January 6 people that are not getting any trials. God bless you all.”
Just arrived at FCI Dublin prison in California with J6 defendant PAMELA HEMPHILL – her last words…”GOD is with me” pic.twitter.com/F3CqjyzvtL
— Jenifa Breeze (@BreezeJenifa) July 12, 2022
According to KTVB-TV, under the terms of her plea deal, three charges against Hemphill were dropped and she pleaded guilty to “one misdemeanor count of demonstrating, parading or picketing in the U.S. Capitol Building.” On May 24, she was sentenced to two months in prison, three years of probation and “ordered to pay $500 in restitution” by Senior Judge Royce Lambert of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The prosecutor told the judge that Hemphill “repeatedly turned to police for help while simultaneously undermining their efforts,” KTVB reported.
He said, “many protested [on Jan. 6] without engaging the police. This defendant did not choose to take things in from a distance.”
The prosecution played a video in which Hemphill is heard telling a police officer, “I have to get out of that crowd.” She also told him she’d recently had surgery and that she was a journalist. He directed her to a safer area.
Shortly afterward, she is inviting protestors into the Capitol: “You just come in. That’s all you do. This is your house, your house. Haven’t you had enough with the (expletive)?”
When the video ended, the prosecutor said, “These are not the actions of a citizen journalist. These are the actions of a rioter.”
Prior to receiving her sentence, Hemphill said, “I fully regret everything I said and did at the Capitol.” She had planned merely to film the protest, not to participate in it. “Then the fans started going onto the field. I should have gone home. Instead, I was there filming chaos when I should never have left the stands in the first place.”
While delivering his sentence, Judge Lambert said “it was tempting to be lenient in this kind of situation,” but the events of Jan. 6 were more “serious” and “didn’t equate to other demonstrations.”
He added, “In some ways when I see those videos, I want to give you the maximum.”
Lambert, surprisingly, was appointed by former President Ronald Reagan in 1987.
This sentence is a travesty. This woman is in prison for trespassing in the Capitol and annoying a cop while the Black Lives Matter rioters who caused $2 billion worth of property damage and wounded 1,500 police officers in the summer of 2020 never even faced charges.
This flies in the face of everything this country stands for. America was founded on the principle of equal treatment under the law.
We have got to get it together as a nation or the two-tiered criminal justice system that has become so undeniable over the past six or seven years will be our downfall.
A previous version of this article was published on The Western Journal.
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