(ConservativeSense.com) – The seditious conspiracy case against the former leader of the Proud Boys and four of its lieutenants was rested on Monday by federal prosecutors. Enrique Tarrio and the other four members were charged with a plot on Jan 6, 2021, to stop the peaceful transfer of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden following the 2020 election.
Before the jury begins deliberation, they will hear testimony from the defense witnesses. The defense attorneys will argue there is no solid evidence the Proud Boys planned an attack on the Capitol to stop the certification of Biden’s victory, and most of the defendants aren’t accused of engaging in any actual violence. Tarrio was not even present at the Capitol on that day but was arrested two days prior in D.C. on separate charges and ordered by a judge to leave the city.
The jury in Washington’s federal court heard from more than 20 prosecution witnesses over a period of 30 days, two of whom are former Proud Boys members cooperating with the federal government hoping for a lighter sentence. Jurors were also presented with hundreds of messages between Tarrio and other Proud Boys members exchanged before, during, and after Jan 6, privately on the messaging platform Telegram as well as publicly on social media.
A resident of Miami, Florida, Tarrio was the national chairman of the right-wing group, and he and the other former members could face a maximum of 20 years in prison if they are convicted. The four lieutenants also on trial with Tarrio are Joseph Biggs, Dominic Pezzola, Zachary Rehl, and Ethan Nordean.
This case comes just after the conviction of Stewart Rhodes, leader of the Oath Keepers, also for charges of seditious conspiracy. He and other members of the group are set to be sentenced sometime in May.
The DOJ recently announced they may be handing out new charges to over 1,000 more individuals related to the Jan 6 riot at the Capitol. The case against Tarrio is among the most serious ones launched by the Department of Justice as a result of their widespread investigation of the events of that day.
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