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Filing: Proud Boys member considering plea in Capitol breach

FILE. Trump supporters tried to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
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February 21, 2021 - 8:00 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - A Rochester man identified as a member of the Proud Boys who allegedly smashed a window at the Capitol on Jan. 6 to allow rioters inside is considering a guilty plea, according to a recent court filing.

A recent filing by Dominic Pezzola’s attorney said Pezzola accepts responsibility for his actions and wants to make amends. It was not clear if a plea deal has been offered.

Pezzola faces charges including conspiracy and assaulting, resisting, or impeding a Capitol police officer. Pezzola and fellow Proud Boy William Pepe initially were charged last month with offences including illegally entering a restricted building, before prosecutors added the more serious charge of conspiracy.

The far-right group is known for violent confrontations with antifascists and other ideological opponents at protests.

Authorities have said Pezzola snatched an officer’s shield and used it to smash a window and allow other rioters inside. He also allegedly was seen on video inside the Capitol with a cigar, having what he called a “victory smoke,” and boasting that he “knew we could take this” over.

An unidentified witness told the FBI that Pezzola was with a group at the Capitol whose members said they would have killed anyone they got hold of, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and then-Vice-President Mike Pence, according to prosecutors.

In the court filing, Pezzola's attorney wrote that Pezzola, a Marine reservist for six years who was honourably discharged, was a participant at the Capitol breach but "there is no evidence nor claim that he ever physically harmed any person there,” the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported.
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