The cleanup of the attack on the Capitol continues. This Friday, another former member of the far-right Proud Boys militia, Dominic Pezzola has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for “seditious conspiracy”. In addition, District Judge Timothy Kelly fined him $700.
Prosecutors had sought a 27-year prison sentence against the man, ABC learned. PEzzola was the first to use a riot shield to smash one of the building’s windows, allowing the mob entry. He later videotaped himself smoking and celebrating former US President Donald Trump’s victory.
The CNN chain has said prosecutors read a statement from earlier in the week Mark Ode, a former capital city police officer who was attacked by Pezzola as he attempted to breach security and gain entry to the building. “I felt life leaving my body., said. “If I were here, I would look him in the eye and apologize for all the pain I’ve caused him,” said Pezzola, who has also apologized to his family and to the entire country.
Pezzola’s sentence will be complemented this Thursday by the leader of the far-right militia, Joe Biggs also sentenced to seventeen years in prison for seditious conspiracy. The US Army veteran, who was injured while serving in Iraq and later worked for conspiracy website Infowars, was convicted in May on seditious conspiracy and other charges.
Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers, another militia involved in the riots during the attack, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for seditious conspiracy, the highest sentence imposed for those events.