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Justice Department appeals sentences for Proud Boys already to serve decade plus over Jan. 6 Capitol riot

The Justice Department on Monday appealed the sentences for five Proud Boys leaders, including leader Enrique Tarrio, who had been hit with the Civil War-era charge of seditious conspiracy in connection to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, arguing the prison times given are significantly shorter than what prosecutors asked for. 

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly sentenced Tarrio, the former Proud Boys national leader, and three lieutenants to prison terms ranging from 15 to 22 years after a jury convicted them in May of plotting to stop the peaceful transfer of presidential power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden after the 2020 presidential election.

Tarrio’s 22-year sentence is the longest so far among hundreds of criminal cases stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol, but prosecutors had sought 33 years behind bars for the Miami man.

Attorney Nayib Hassan said in an email to the Associated Press that the defense team will review prosecutors’ reasoning for appealing the sentencing but is preparing its own appeal and believes it will “prevail on multiple grounds.”

Prosecutors had requested 25 years in prison for Rhodes. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta sentenced him to 18 years.

Also Monday, a Proud Boys member who joined others from the far-right group at the Capitol pleaded guilty to obstructing the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress for certifying the victory of Biden over Trump. William Chrestman, 49, of Olathe, Kansas, pleaded guilty to threatening to assault a federal officer during the riot at the Capitol.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Danielle Wallace is a reporter for Fox News Digital covering politics, crime, police and more. Story tips can be sent to danielle.wallace@fox.com and on Twitter: @danimwallace. 

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