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Former Natick official sentenced for his role in the January 6 riot

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Super Happy Fun America member Suzanne Ianni was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Suzanne Ianni (right) helped organize buses to transport members of “Super Happy Fun America,” a group that champions the “straight community,” to the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. Adam Glanzman/The Washington Post

Suzanne Ianni, a former Natick Town Meeting member who was part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, was sentenced to 15 days in jail on Friday, according to the Justice Department.

She was also sentenced to 30 months probation, 60 hours of community service and $500 restitution.

Ianni was charged with unlawful entry and disorderly conduct. Prosecutors initially recommended Ianni serve 30 days in jail.

That recommendation was based on allegations that Ianni led rioters in chanting “fight for Trump” while watching crowds smash doors and windows to gain access to the Capitol. Ianni allegedly witnessed people who were injured as they tried to enter the building, and when she entered the Capitol, Ianni was part of a group that confronted and overwhelmed police officers, according to the memorandum from government condemnation.

“In total, Ianni stayed at the Capitol for approximately twenty-three minutes, during which she witnessed other rioters breaking windows and doors to gain access to the Capitol, passing injured rioters while entering the Capitol, confronting a line of officers, and eventually passed those officers to enter further into the Capitol,” the government’s sentencing memorandum reads.

Ianni pleaded guilty in September after arguing earlier in the year that she had been selectively targeted by federal authorities because of her political beliefs. Prosecutors said his political views played no role in the indictment of his crimes on January 6, 2021. A judge denied his request to dismiss the case.

Ianni was an active member of the group known as “Super Happy Fun America”, which organized the Boston Straight Pride Parade in 2019. Ianni organized buses to transport the group members to Washington, D.C. for the rally of the President Donald Trump and to protest or disrupt the Electoral College vote count in the 2020 election, prosecutors said.

Surveillance footage showed Ianni walking through the Capitol after entering through a Senate emergency exit door. Ianni raised his fist in the air as the police stopped the crowd. The moment was captured on camera.

In April 2021, members of the Natick Town Meeting voted overwhelmingly to condemn the January 6 bombing.

‘It’s a political persecution of Tories,’ Ianni said MetroWest Daily News.



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