Four Proud Boys convicted of seditious conspiracy in connection with the US Capitol riot
Four members of the far-right Proud Boys, including former leader Enrique Tarrio, have been found guilty of seditious conspiracy for their roles in the US Capitol riot on January 6th.
A fifth co-defendant was acquitted of seditious conspiracy but convicted on other offenses.
The judgments came after a nearly four-month trial.
Seditious conspiracy is punishable by up to 20 years in jail.
Each defendant was found guilty of a number of other offenses.
All five were found guilty of obstructing an official proceeding, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
They were also convicted of conspiracy to obstruct officials from carrying out their responsibilities, hindering officers amid civil unrest, and destroying a fence protecting the Capitol.
In a complex trial that took more than twice as long as planned, a mistrial was declared on several charges after the jury failed to reach a verdict.
Following the 2020 election, Proud Boys marched several times in Washington, DC, frequently clashing with far-left anti-fascist protesters.
More than 100 members of the group were present on January 6, 2021, when the election results were scheduled to be validated by Congress, and dozens were detained as a result.
Former Proud Boy chairman Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, unlike his co-defendants, was not in Washington on that day.
He was detained two days prior for burning a Black Lives Matter sign and facing firearms charges. A judge ordered him to leave the city, and he ended up watching events unfold from a hotel room in nearby Baltimore.
Ethan Nordean, 31, of Washington state, who goes by the nickname “Rufio Panman,” was among his co-defendants.