WASHINGTON, October 7 – Novosti. Former far-right Proud Boys leader Jeremy Bertino pleaded guilty to the US Capitol attack in early January 2021, the Justice Department said in a statement .
“The former Proud Boys leader today pleaded guilty to sedition for his actions prior to and during the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol,” the Justice Department website said in a statement.
According to the release, Bertino also pleaded guilty to the case of illegal possession of a firearm that was found at his home in March 2022 as a result of a search. As part of the plea agreement, the ex-leader of the Proud Boys agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
According to the statement, Bertino is legally facing 20 years in prison for sedition and up to 10 years in prison for possession of firearms. In addition, the court may order him to pay a fine. The date of the verdict is not yet known.
According to the DOJ, Bertino joined the Proud Boys around 2018 and briefly ran the group in South Carolina .
The Proud Boys gained attention after former US President Donald Trump , during the first televised debate with his Democratic opponent Joe Biden , responded in two ways to a request to condemn far-right organizations, in particular, this movement. Trump said the group should “stand aside and wait,” prompting a flurry of online discussion and speculation of far-right sympathies. Trump later assured that he had always been against far-right ideology. At the same time, the Proud Boys were regularly present at rallies in support of the president.
On January 6, 2021, a crowd of Donald Trump supporters broke into the Congress building in an attempt to disrupt the approval of the results of the presidential election, which was won by Democratic candidate Joe Biden.