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New sentence for the assault on the Capitol: Joe Bigg, leader of the Proud Boy, will spend 17 years in prison

AMP.- USA.- Joe Biggs, leader of the Proud Boys militia, sentenced to 17 years in prison for assaulting the Capitol

The judge sentences Zachary Rehl, another member of the Proud Boys, to 15 years in prison


The leader of the far-right militia Proud Boys Joe Biggs has been sentenced this Thursday to 17 years in prison on charges of seditious conspiracy in the context of the attacks on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2020.

Biggs, a U.S. Army veteran who was wounded while serving in Iraq and later worked for the conspiracy theory website Infowars, was convicted in May of seditious conspiracy and other charges.

District Judge Timothy Kelly has argued that although he did not want to “minimize the violence that occurred” during those days, it was necessary to take stock so as not to create large disparities between the sentences of the accused, as reported by CNN.

“I’m done with everything. I’m sick and tired of the left’s fight against the right,” Biggs said during the trial, in which he apologized, assuring that he is not a “terrorist,” according to the network. NBC News.

Prosecutors had initially sought a 33-year prison sentence. In the trial, which has lasted about a month, evidence has been presented that Biggs and other defendants, such as Ethan Nordean, Zachary Rehl and Enrique Tarrio, conspired and encouraged violence prior to the assault.

The judge has also sentenced Rehl to 15 years in prison, who came to spray the law enforcement officers with chemicals in the course of the assault. Prosecutors had requested up to 30 years in prison for him, according to the CBS chain.

“I’m tired of politics. I’m tired of selling lies to people who don’t care about me. January 6 was a despicable day,” Rehl said during the trial. For his part, Tarrio will go to court on Tuesday.

While members of the Proud Boys remained at the forefront of the attacks on the overwhelmed Capitol Police, according to recordings from that day, Nordean, Biggs and Rehl took a back seat, letting others lead the assault before joining in later. .

Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, another of the militias involved in the riots during the assault, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for a crime of seditious conspiracy, the highest sentence imposed for these events.

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