The son of a notable conservative activist was discovered responsible of 10 felonies for his alleged participation within the Jan. 6 riot, which incorporates bashing a Capitol Constructing window, the Justice Division introduced Friday.
Leo Bren Bozell IV was discovered responsible of assaulting a police officer, destruction of presidency property, obstructing a previous and different crimes. The costs carry a most sentence of 20 years in jail.
Prosecutors allege Bozell led rioters up the steps of the Capitol Constructing, bashed a window, entered the Capitol and made his technique to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) workplace and later led a mob to the Senate ground.
His father is Brent Bozell III, who based Media Analysis Middle, Dad and mom Tv Council and different conservative media organizations.
Bozell was recognized by way of on-line tricks to the FBI, and was arrested in February 2021. Investigators mentioned witnesses acknowledged his sweatshirt — emblazoned with the insignia of his kids’s rural Pennsylvania non-public faculty the place he was a basketball coach.
Prosecutors claimed that the defendant additionally helped manage the “Cease the Steal” rally in entrance of the Capitol which preceded the riot. In a pretrial submitting, prosecutors mentioned he was “a serious contributor to the chaos, the destruction, and the obstruction on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
His attorneys denied that he took half in any violence or assisted in taking up police strains in the course of the riot.
“In truth, video proof will present that Mr. Bozell assisted in some small method regulation enforcement officers that he thought might be helped by his help,” lawyer William Shipley wrote in a submitting. “[Bozell] was — for essentially the most half — merely misplaced and wandering from place-to-place observing occasions as they transpired.”
Greater than 1,100 folks have been arrested in relation to the Jan. 6 riots, together with almost 400 on fees of assaulting a police officer, the Justice Division mentioned.
The longest sentence — 22 years — for a Jan. 6 defendant to date was handed all the way down to former Proud Boys chief Enrique Tarrio earlier this week. Proud Boys member Ethan Nordean and Oath Keepers chief Stewart Rhodes are tied with the second longest sentences — 18 years — for his or her position within the riot.
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