Enrique Tarrio, a former leader of the Proud Boys, along with three other members of the far-right extremist group, were found guilty on Thursday of planning an attack on the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to keep Donald Trump in power following his loss in the 2020 presidential election.
The verdict was delivered by a Washington, D.C. jury after a three-month trial that featured testimony from numerous witnesses, the Associated Press has reported.
This case is among the most significant to arise from the shocking events of January 6, 2021, which were broadcasted live around the world.
One of the defendants, Dominic Pezzola, was acquitted of the sedition charge, but was convicted of other serious crimes.
The jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on several counts, including a conspiracy charge against Pezzola, and the judge dismissed them without delivering a verdict.
The Justice Department has achieved a noteworthy achievement by obtaining seditious conspiracy convictions against the leaders of two major extremist organizations, who prosecutors claim were determined to prevent Democrat Joe Biden from assuming the presidency at any cost.
The charge is punishable by a maximum prison term of 20 years.
Written by staff