Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs sentenced to 17 years for Jan. 6 riot

Proud Boys leader, Joseph Biggs, has been sentenced to 17 years for seditious conspiracy and other crimes during the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

The Trial and Conviction: Joseph Biggs was convicted alongside other Proud Boys leaders for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.
* Another Proud Boys associate, Dominic Pezzola, was acquitted of seditious conspiracy but was found guilty of assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers and robbery involving government property.
* The most severe sentence related to the January 6 events so far is 18 years, given to Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes.

Before Sentencing: Biggs expressed regret and begged for leniency before being sentenced.
* He downplayed his involvement in the riot and claimed that he had plans to step back from the Proud Boys.
* Biggs asked the judge to give him an opportunity to be present for his young daughter, who is now in the care of his mother.

Significance of sentence: This sentencing may indicate future consequences for other Proud Boys members involved in the riot.
* The sentencing of other Proud Boys leaders Enrique Tarrio and Ethan Nordean, originally scheduled for August 30 and 31, has been deferred due to judge’s illness. Nordean’s hearing has been rescheduled for September 1 and Tarrio’s for September 5.

Attributed Quotes:
* Biggs on his part in the riot: “I was seduced by the crowd. Curiosity got the better of me and I will regret that for the rest of my life.”
* Speaking about his daughter: “I am not a terrorist. I know I have to be punished, but at least give me the opportunity to take my daughter to school one day.”

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