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Proud Boy Still Says Election Was Stolen — Sentenced to 4.5 Years in Prison for Jan. 6

A former Washington, D.C., bartender and Proud Boy who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was sentenced to 55 months in federal prison on Monday.

Joshua Pruitt, 40, pleaded guilty in June to obstruction of an official proceeding after he was caught on video joining a mob pursuing police officers and smashing a sign inside the U.S. Capitol. Two U.S. Capitol Police officers wrote victim impact statements urging U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly to give Pruitt a severe sentence.

Ultimately, Kelly imposed a sentence that fell a few months short of the five years prosecutors had requested.

Pruitt said that he apologized for his actions and that he was “not happy that Jan. 6 happened at all,” but he said he still held onto his beliefs that Donald Trump actually won the election, which he lost to President Joe Biden.

“I did believe the election was stolen. I still do,” Pruitt said, speaking from a lectern farther away from the judge than usual, which was set up for defendants who aren’t vaccinated against Covid.

“I broke the law, bottom line, regardless of whether I’m right or wrong on my feelings,” Pruitt said.

Robert Lee Jenkins Jr., a court-appointed attorney for Pruitt, said outside the courtroom that there was no convincing Pruitt otherwise.

“We’ve had many conversations about it, and Mr. Pruitt is firm in his belief,” Jenkins said in response to a question from NBC News. Jenkins said Pruitt’s family was “extremely dismayed” that Pruitt had gotten himself involved in the riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

More than 850 people have been charged so far in connection to the Capitol protest, including a group of defendants belonging to the Oath Keepers who will go to trial for seditious conspiracy charges in September.

  • Dorothy says:

    Too bad that the Democrats can never handle the truth. You would have to be insane to believe that Biden won. I think that is too harsh a sentence to give this man. When is anyone going to go after the Democratic Mayors and Governors of these states that actually let the BLM off free., Their rampage went on over a years with killing, looting and causing billions of dollars in destruction. Yet they walk free. What they are doing to these people from Jan. 6 is just Political as usual. Do they actually think that we do not have a memory like they make believe all the corruption they caused, actually did not happen. How dare them arrest 85 people who did not kill, steal or anything else that BLM did. In D.C, Muriel sided in with BLM. Get her out of office.

  • wally says:

    I think that as of the last couple of day’s, America Election was stolen. However, what happened on 1/6 was not the way to handle it. If they could have demonstrated without the hitting, etc. it would have been more understandable! More acceptable! But all of the chaos puts a Dark Light on things. It could have been more civilized!

  • wapitihunter says:

    He is still right!

  • BarbUltraMaga says:

    Imprisoned because he speaks the truth and stands firm in a communist courtroom.





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