Prosecutors demand jail time forarrested for playing a role in . In a new court filing, the Justice Department recommended one month in prison for Dawn and Thomas Munn, and 21 days in prison for the couple’s three adult children.
The Munn family, of Borger, Texas, have pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, admitting they spent nearly an hour inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021, including time in a private Senate conference room. Family members were accused of bragging about their role on January 6, or of misrepresenting the size and scope of the attack and damage. One in five was accused of blaming the police.
In letters and court filings seeking leniency, the mother of the family continues to raise questions about the legitimacy of the 2020 election results, citing the “mathematical impossibility” in the results from Election Day. In her letter to the court, Dawn Munn said the family traveled to Washington as part of a graduation trip for their two younger children. In one of the letters, Munn pointed out that federal stimulus checks helped pay for travel.
A third daughter, under the age of 18, is also in the Capitol with her family, according to court files.
Prosecutors allege in the filing that Dawn Munn, 57, was a nurse; her husband, Thomas, 55, a US Army veteran; son Joshua, 25, a janitor; and daughters Kristi, 30, and 20-year-old Kayli climbed into the Capitol through a broken window in the Senate wing door.
In a series of sentencing memorandums filed this week, the Justice Department laid out a range of charges against the family. In Kristi Munn’s case, prosecutors said, “Despite witnessing a confrontation with officers, the defendant and his family continued to wander the Capitol building until they found their way to Room S-145, the Senate conference room, where they spent time observing large numbers of rioters and officers. gathered to the west of the building.”
According to the memo, prosecutors asked DC District Court Chief Justice Beryl Howell to sentence Munn’s parents to 30 days in prison and give the juveniles three weeks’ sentences. Sentencing is scheduled for October 12.
Security camera images released by the Department of Justice showed various pictures of the Munn family in the crowd. According to prosecutors’ filings, Thomas was shown smoking while moving through the building. One of her daughters is seen wearing a camouflage jacket, while the other is wearing a Trump banner. A family photo near the Capitol, with the minor’s face obscured, is included in a court filing from the Department of Justice.
Seeking leniency from the judge, Dawn Munn has submitted a pair of letters to the court. In one, Munn wrote, “As of now, there has been no definitive answer to my question, about the accuracy of the vote, so questions remain. I acknowledge that the vote was passed, and President Biden was sworn in on January 20, 2021, so I fully accept he is president. “Our president. Whether I agree with someone’s policies or not, I respect that position and President Biden was sworn in as president of our country. I do have a lot of regrets, because getting into the building through the window, and moreover overall, about getting into the building is the same.” I should have known something was wrong. You didn’t enter the Capitol through a broken window. I did realize something was very wrong and shortly after entering, I started trying to figure out what to do — and how to get my family out of the way. building.”
In another letter, Dawn Munn referred to the “mathematical impossibility” involving the 2020 election and her family’s questions about the integrity of the election. He wrote, “In early January, I discovered a stimulus check had been deposited into our checking account. The family talked about traveling to Washington DC to see the President speak and see the history of our nation. This trip had a full itinerary, including to see the Lincoln Monument, as well as Arlington National Cemetery. It was a very short trip and on a tight budget.”
Defense attorneys for most of the Munn family did not immediately return a request for comment.
In their individual court filings seeking leniency, Munns made a range of arguments, including one that they did not commit violence on January 6. They asked for probation and that the family be released from prison.
A lawyer for Kayli Munn, the youngest of the three children charged, wrote in a memo to the court, “Ms. Kayli Munn is the youngest of the Munn family to be charged, as she is the youngest adult to be charged. Ms. Munn came in the trip volunteered, but he was not the coordinator of the trip, accompanied by his parents. Obviously, he was a willing participant, and did not deny his personal fault in this, but his involvement was not that of the organizer, but rather a young adult accompanying his family to the meeting public and inappropriately joined them when they all entered the US Capitol.”
Defense attorney for Kristi Munn wrote, “As a group of five, the Munn family are careful to stick together so as not to be separated among large crowds making their exit more complicated than those acting alone. Although Ms. Munn and her family was inside for approximately 51 minutes, more than half of that time was spent looking for a way out and/or avoiding a chaotic and potentially dangerous situation.”
Army veteran lawyer Thomas Munn argues he poses no danger to society.
“History Mr Munn is not a dangerous criminal, but a devoted husband and caring father, who made a grave error in judgment on January 6. He is a stay-at-home dad with eight children with his wife.”
Dawn Munn’s attorney, Heather Shaner, told CBS News that a suspended sentence would be more favorable.
“I would suggest courses in US government and civic education at community colleges as a condition of probation would be more beneficial to the accused, his family, and society than incarceration.”
There were approximately 880 federal defendants in the US Capitol riots. Members of the Munn family were among some 300 people who pleaded guilty to misdemeanors.