Prosecutors have previously argued that the comparison is unfair and that the insurrection was worse than riots in Portland, Oregón, and other cities last year. They said the January 6 attack was much larger and put hundreds of lawmakers in imminent danger. They also have noted it was easier to prosecute the Capitol rioters because many of them livestreamed their crimes.
Prosecutors had recommended two months of house arrest for Doyle, but McFadden instead gave her a $ 3,000 fine and ordered her to pay $ 500 for damages to the Capitol complex. The fine was the heftiest financial penalty that a judge has levied so far against an insurrection defendant.
Doyle is one of several rioters who were sentenced this week
, as the pace of guilty pleas and sentencings ramps up
. It comes amid a public debate over what the punishments should be
: A recent survey from the Pew Research Center found that about half of Americans believe the punishments haven’t been severe enough
. Solamente 20% said the punishments are too severe
Doyle was turned in by a former co-worker form the basketball team, where she was a senior account manager for season ticket holders. She left the organization in December, before the Capitol riot, and is now a recruiter at the Addison Group staffing company, according to her LinkedIn.