A Capitol riot suspect is being ‘shunned’ by people in her small Indiana town and ‘chastised’ on the street, lawyer says


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  • Dona Bissey from Bloomfield, Indiana, was charged with storming the Capitol on January 6.

  • After the insurrection Bissey said she was “proud” of being a part of it, a criminal complaint said.

  • Her lawyer has since asked for a lenient sentencing, saying she’s been shunned by her town.

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A Capitol riot suspect has been “shunned” and “chastised” by her community since her arrest in February, her lawyer wrote in a sentencing memorandum seen by Insider.

On Tuesday, Dona Bissey, 53, from Bloomfield, Indiana, wrote a letter to the court pleading for leniency and asking for a sentence of 18 months’ probation.

Bissey faces four charges, including entering and remaining in a restricted building, and violent entry, and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building.

In the sentencing memorandum seen by Insider, the federal public defender AJ Kramer said the events of the insurrection had left Bissy feeling “deep regret, fear, shame, and remorse.”

Bissy, who is a hair salon owner, had lost a lot of customers since her arrest and is currently taking antidepressants, Kramer said.

“Ms. Bissey has been chastised on the street and her business shunned. She had to move her salon following huge losses from a drop in clientele and because the pandemic made rental space unaffordable,” he wrote.

“She lives in fear, knowing that every trip to the grocery store could result in someone angrily hurling insults or threats at her. Members of her family have been rebuked. Hate mail is regularly sent to her home address,” Kramer added.

The lawyer also said that Bissey should not be incarcerated in a Washington, DC, jail due to multiple health issues, adding that she feared she will contract COVID-19. Bissey has not been vaccinated, he said.

Bissey also sent a handwritten letter to the court pleading for a more lenient sentence.

In the letter, seen by Insider, Bissey described herself as a “God-fearing, country-loving, law-abiding, hard-working Patriot” who attended…



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