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

By Rachel Weiner

01 Sep 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Former Proud Boys leaders Joseph Biggs and Zachary Rehl have been sentenced to 17 and 15 years in prison respectively for their roles in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol. They were found guilty of engaging in a seditious conspiracy to keep Donald Trump in power by force.

WASHINGTON - A former leader of the far-right Proud Boys group was sentenced Thursday to 17 years in prison, just shy of the longest punishment imposed on a participant in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

"That day broke our tradition of peaceful transfer of power, one of the most precious things we had as Americans," U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly said as he sentenced Joseph Biggs, 39, of Florida. "We don't have it anymore."

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