The Justice Department has filed an appeal challenging the prison sentences handed down to four leaders of the Proud Boys who were convicted of seditious conspiracy in the U.S. Capitol attack. The sentences imposed by U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly were significantly shorter than what prosecutors had recommended. Former Proud Boys national leader Enrique Tarrio and three lieutenants were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 15 to 22 years. Prosecutors had sought 33 years behind bars for Tarrio. The appeal also includes the 10-year sentence for Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola. The Justice Department is already appealing the 18-year sentence for Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes.
In addition, a Proud Boys member named William Chrestman pleaded guilty to obstructing the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress and threatening to assault a federal officer during the Capitol riot. Chrestman, who brought tactical gear to Washington, D.C., with other Proud Boys members, is scheduled to be sentenced on January 12.
The Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, has resulted in over 1,100 people being charged with federal crimes. Approximately 60 of them have been identified as Proud Boys leaders, members, or associates.