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Army Veteran Faces Prison Time for Capitol Riot Involvement

via Los Angeles Times
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A member of the Proud Boys extremist group was sentenced to over four years in prison for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

William Chrestman, an Army veteran, pleaded guilty to obstructing Congress and threatening a federal officer.

He was involved in pivotal moments during the riot and was sentenced to four years and seven months in prison.

“Indeed, Chrestman regularly presented himself as a leader among the rioters including when he was part of the tip of the spear that created the breach at the Peace Circle, encouraged other rioters to move to the police barricades, told rioters to stop the arrest of a rioter, and thanked them for supporting the Proud Boys,” prosecutors wrote.

“To date, the worst thing that the government has asserted is that he used it to touch a security gate that was already going up,” defense attorney Michael Cronkright wrote.

Another man who ran for governor of Oregon was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for assaulting police officers at the Capitol.

Over 1,200 people have been charged with Capitol riot-related federal crimes, with nearly 500 receiving prison sentences.

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