Prosecutors charge former Proud Boys leader, 4 others with seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 attack

Monday - 06/06/2022 21:07
All remain detained on the earlier charges
Enrique Tarrio (C), leader of the Proud Boys, uses a megaphone to address people gathered at the Torch of Friendship to remember the one year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2021 in Miami, Florida.
Enrique Tarrio (C), leader of the Proud Boys, uses a megaphone to address people gathered at the Torch of Friendship to remember the one year anniversary of the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2021 in Miami, Florida.

Federal prosecutors escalated their case against the Proud Boys extremist group Monday, unveiling new federal charges of seditious conspiracy against Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, the group's former national chairman, and four top associates related to the deadly Jan. 6, 2021Capitol attack.

The new charges build on an earlier conspiracy case against Tarrio, 38; Ethan Nordean, 31; Joseph Biggs, 38; Zachary Rehl, 37; and Dominic Pezzola, 44, accused in an organized plot to prevent the certification of President Joe Biden's election. 

All remain detained on the earlier charges.

The new indictment adds two charges: one count of seditious conspiracy, and one count of conspiracy to prevent an officer from discharging any duties.  All defendants now face a total of nine charges, while a robbery charge also was lodged against Pezzola.

All five are scheduled to make their first court appearances on new charges Thursday in Washington.

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