A leader of the Proud Boys who led the far-right organization’s infamous march to the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison – among the longest sentences handed down yet for a convicted rioter.
A leader of the Proud Boys who led the far-right organization’s infamous march to the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison – among the longest sentences handed down yet for a convicted rioter.— CBKNEWS (@CBKNEWS121) August 31, 2023
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Joe Biggs Sobs in Court After He Is Sentenced to 17 Years
by Alicia Powe Aug. 31, 2023 1:30 pm
Observers in the courtroom broke out in tears as Judge Timothy Kelly sentenced Joseph Biggs to 204 months in prison for walking in the Capitol building for approximately 20 minutes during the Capitol riot on January 6.
The government sought 33 years for Biggs. Kelly ceded to the defense that the government sentencing recommendation was egregious.
Kelly noted prior offenders who were found guilty of seditious conspiracy had all murdered people, attempted to murder masses of people, bombed or attempted to bomb buildings and planes and committed other violent crimes that resulted in mass casualty.
But the Trump-appointed federal judge proceeded to throw the book at the decorated veteran who earned two purple hearts while serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, warning Biggs’ trespassing violation and shaking of a fence for a moment as Congres secured Biden’s presidency warrants severe penalty.
Biggs’ family was not present during the proceeding.
Biggs’ mother is ill with cancer as she raises his now 6-year-old daughter. Attending trial or visiting her son in jail puts her at risk of getting terminated from her job, as other family members of J6 defendants have after their employers catch wind of their association with a defendant deemed a J6 terrorist by the government.
J6 advocate turned court reporter with AMP News, Suzzanne Monk, has attended nearly every day of the Proud Boys trial alongside this reporter.
“Judge Kelly’s decision is an attack on the constitutional principles of this country and will lead to far more violence and division in our nation,” Monk told TGP. “He should stand down and recuse himself from all J6 cases. I love Joe. Joe Biggs is a hero. He deserves none of this. None of these sentences will stand through appeals and congressional action.”