by John Derbyshire, The Unz Review:
Sentences were handed down on Thursday this week against two January 6th demonstrators, members of the Proud Boys group that was created seven years ago to defend conservative events and speakers from assaults by Antifa … in jurisdictions where the police refused such protection [Proud Boys Lieutenant Sentenced to 17 Years in Jan. 6 Sedition Case, by Alan Feuer and Zach Montague, NYT, August 31, 2020].
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“What happened on Jan. 6 harmed an important American custom,” Judge Kelly said. “That day broke our tradition of peacefully transferring power, which is among the most precious things we had as Americans. Notice I said ‘had’ — we don’t have it anymore.” https://t.co/BoGKVzeZou
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Joseph Biggs was sentenced to 17 years in jail; Zachary Rehl got 15 years. The charges were ”seditious conspiracy.” The sentences were less than the government prosecutors asked for: they wanted 33 years for Biggs, just 30 years for Rehl.
What did these guys do to merit such ferocious sentences? Well, Biggs removed a metal fence that police had put up for crowd control. Rehl was convicted for assaulting cops with some chemical spray, although he denies having done so.
Dominic Pezzola, another Proud Boy, was sentenced to ten years in prison. He broke a window in the Capitol building.
Two more members of the Proud Boys convicted in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol were sentenced to lengthy prison terms Friday, with one of the group’s leaders that day receiving an 18-year sentence for seditious conspiracy, the longest term for a Proud Boys member so far and equal to the longest Jan. 6 sentence yet imposed. Another member who gained national renown for smashing a window at the Capitol, enabling the first breach of the building by rioters, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
But some of the defendants seemed unrepentant. After expressing his deep remorse over his actions on Jan. 6, and receiving the 10-year term, half what prosecutors had sought, Dominic Pezzola turned to the audience as he left the courtroom Friday, raised his fist and yelled, “Trump won!”
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