In connection with the incident at the US Capitol on January 6, a jury in Washington, D.C., reportedly found four of the five Proud Boy defendants guilty of seditious conspiracy after six days of deliberation.
Enrique Tarrio, the former Proud Boys chairman, and fellow chapter leaders Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, and Zachary Rehl were found guilty of the unusual allegation.
Dominic Pezzola, a Proud Boys member from Rochester, New York, avoided being found guilty of seditious conspiracy but was nevertheless charged with other less serious offenses.
Pezzola, a Proud Boys member from Rochester, New York, was the sole individual accused of violence on January 6.
He reportedly broke a glass pane on the western front of the US Capitol with an officer’s riot shield. Pezzola had been imprisoned ever since his arrest in January 2021.
Tarrio was not in Washington, D.C., on the day of the breach, despite receiving the majority of attention from the mainstream media in this case.
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However ALL defendants, including PEZZOLA, guilty of actual obstruction of Congress.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 4, 2023
The prosecution used largely private and a few public texts from Tarrio during the trial as evidence that the former leader was admitting responsibility for the unrest.
The government also mentioned a paper called “1776 Returns” that was provided to Tarrio over Telegram and described a Capitol takeover.
Tarrio maintains he never ever saw the given paper.
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