Proud Boys leader faces prison time for Jan. 6

Biggs was convicted in May of seditious conspiracy, along with Proud Boys national chairman Enrique Tarrio and two other members of the right-wing extremist group.


Biggs, a Florida Army veteran, appeared in court on Thursday in an orange jumpsuit as he listened to the judge’s sentence.


“I know I messed up that day, but I’m not a terrorist,” he said.


At trial, the Proud Boys defense team argued that former President Trump was responsible for the rioting, and not their clients.


In the courtroom, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly cited an effort from Biggs to tear down a fence meant to keep out Jan. 6 rioters.


“I really don’t think this is a close call,” Kelly said.


The sentencing for Biggs is still short of the 33 years in prison requested by prosecutors in the case. 


More than 1,100 people have been arrested in connection to the Jan. 6 riots, when thousands of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to overturn the 2020 election.


The highest sentencing in the Capitol attacks was handed down to Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes. He was convicted of seditious conspiracy and sentenced to 18 years in prison.


Trump himself is facing charges from special counsel Jack Smith accusing the former president of efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Trump has pleaded not guilty to those charges.


Trump on Thursday also pleaded not guilty in a Georgia case related to his alleged efforts to overturn the election in the state.


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