Capitol storm: “Proud Boys” leader gets 17 years in prison
The prosecutors had identified him as one of the most violent rioters – now the right-wing radical Joseph Biggs will receive a long prison sentence for his role on January 6, 2021.
One of the leaders of the radical right “According to media reports, Proud Boys” has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for his role in the storming of the US Capitol in Washington. A federal district court in Washington sentenced Joseph Biggs to charges including “seditious conspiracy”. in connection with the attack on the US Houses of Parliament on January 6, 2021.
According to the New York Times, the sentence pronounced is the second longest ever imposed on a person involved in the storming of the Capitol. The former head of another far-right group, the Oath Keepers, had been sentenced to 18 years in prison. According to the newspaper, there were a total of 1,100 proceedings against participants in the protest. Prosecutors had identified Biggs as one of the most violent rioters.
Attack on the heart of US democracy
Supporters of President Donald Trump, who was voted out at the time, stormed the seat of the US Parliament in Washington on January 6, 2021. Congress met there to formally confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
Trump had previously stirred up his supporters in a speech with the false claim that he had been deprived of a victory by massive election fraud. Five people died as a result of the riots. The attack on the heart of US democracy shook the country and made headlines around the world.
During the election campaign, Trump refused to clearly condemn the right-wing radical group. In a televised debate with Biden, he said, “Proud boys – stand back and stand by.”