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FACT CHECK: Was Zachary Rehl Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Seditious Conspiracy?

post shared by Xthe social media platform formerly known as Twitter, announced that Proud Boys leader Zachary Lehr was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sedition conspiracy in the wake of the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. claimed to have received

Verdict: Truth

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release on August 31 that Ralele was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the January 6 attacks.

Fact check:

Dominic Pezzola, a member of the far-right group Proud Boys, was reportedly sentenced to 10 years in prison on Sept. 1 for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Reuters. Leader Enrique Tario was sentenced to 22 years in prison, the longest sentence for a defendant involved in the riots. CNN report.

“Zachary Lehr, another leader of the Proud Boys, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a seditious conspiracy on Jan. 6,” reported The X Post, which has been viewed more than 50,000 times. there is

That claim is true.in August 31 press release, the Justice Department said Lahr was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 36 months of supervised release. Along with fellow Proud Boys leader Joseph Biggs, Rail was convicted of multiple felonies, including conspiracy to sedition and conspiracy to obstruct official proceedings, according to the release. Mr. Rail, from Pennsylvania, and Mr. Biggs, from Florida, both served as members of a special chapter of the Proud Boys called the “Ministry of Self-Defense,” according to the Justice Department.

“Since December 19, 2020, Mr. Biggs and Mr. Lahl have both been leaders or members of the Self-Defense Forces and conspired to prevent, obstruct, or delay the authorization of electoral votes and to resist the authorities by force. government,” the release read in part.

“In the days leading up to January 6, Biggs, Rail, and co-defendants Henry Enrique Tallio and Ethan Nordian recruited co-defendants Dominique Pezzola and others known as “rally boys” to participate in the Capitol raid. selected to do so. Day. The group established a chain of command, chose when and where to attack, followed top-down leadership, and deliberately recruited others who were ready to inflict physical violence if necessary.” ing.

In addition, Lehr sprayed the officer’s face and posted on social media about his role in the attack, the Justice Department said.

Prior to sentencing, prosecutors recommended 30 years in prison for the act. philadelphia voice report. But US District Judge Timothy Kelly did not apply the terrorism-enhancing measure that would have given Raile a lengthy prison sentence, he said. Reuters. Kelly rejected the enhancement, saying it “exaggerates the conduct in question,” according to the paper. (Related: Marjorie Taylor Green says Jack Smith only targets Republicans)

Despite receiving shorter sentences than prosecutors had originally sought, Rale and Biggs still receive some of the longest prison sentences among those charged in the Jan. 6 attacks. . national news report.

According to the law, in addition to seditious conspiracy and collusion to obstruct official process, Mr. Laer also committed destruction of government property, aiding and abetting, entering and staying in prohibited buildings and premises, He was charged with disorderly conduct on the premises. Department of Justice.

Check Your Fact has reached out to the Department of Justice and three criminal law experts for comment and will update this article accordingly.

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