Capitol Rioter Gets 3.5+ Years In Prison After Leading Role In The Day’s Violence

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Among the first participants in the violence of January 6, 2021, to actually breach the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., was Leo Brent Bozell IV of Pennsylvania, and he just got a lengthy, years-long prison term after a federal judge found him guilty of several felony offenses at trial last year.

Bozell’s consequences include 45 months in prison and $4,729 in financial penalties.

Federal authorities provided a lengthy recap of Bozell’s successfully alleged actions at the U.S. Capitol, where he broke multiple windows between the building’s interior and the outside around the point the Capitol structure was breached. Prosecutors also noted more generally that Bozell held somewhat of a leadership position in the mob, encouraging others along, which is a subset of participants where the government has focused. Also under scrutiny have been the participants who entered the Capitol building itself — like Bozell — and individuals accused of physical violence.

According to that federal recounting, Bozell was among the Capitol riot participants who infamously chased police officer Eugene Goodman up a series of stairs inside the building as Goodman eventually led the group — not to their knowledge — away from an area where Senators were still taking shelter before further evacuations.

Bozell was apparently inside the Capitol for a while, entering an office for then-Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and making his way to the Senate, where he moved a camera associated with C-SPAN, obstructing its recording/broadcasting capability as the mobs kept moving. “While still in the Senate Gallery, he climbed over railings and reached a pair of CSPAN cameras. Bozell pointed one camera at the ground, obstructing its recording ability, just as rioters made it to the Senate Floor,” said federal authorities.

The cloud that still hangs over all of these cases is the repeated insistence from Trump on potentially pardoning or otherwise legally helping these defendants if he wins the 2024 election.