As the investigations and prosecutions related to the U.S. Capitol breach on January 6, 2021, continue to unfold, a Proud Boys member from Olathe, Kan., named William Chrestman has been sentenced to 55 months for his role in the events. Chrestman was found guilty of breaching the Capitol and threatening officers, marking another significant development in the ongoing legal proceedings.
Brothers from Pennsylvania Face Charges
In a related development, two brothers from Pennsylvania, Andrew and Matthew Valentin, have been arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges, including assaulting law enforcement officers and civil disorder. The brothers were identified through open-source videos, which showed them pushing a bike rack barricade into a police line, grabbing a police officer, and spraying a chemical irritant at officers.
In addition to these actions, the brothers also threw a chair at a line of police officers, hitting an officer's shield. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section.
North Carolina Men Convicted for Capitol Breach
Meanwhile, two North Carolina men, Christopher Carnell and David Worth Bowman, have been found guilty of felony and misdemeanor charges related to their actions during the Capitol breach. They were convicted of obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly conduct, and more.
Carnell and Bowman were seen illegally entering the Senate Chamber, interacting with materials on senators' desks, and joining a crowd of rioters who overwhelmed Capitol Police officers. They are scheduled to be sentenced on June 14 and are part of the more than 1,313 people who have been charged nationwide for the Capitol breach.
Ongoing Investigations and Prosecutions
As the legal proceedings continue, more individuals are expected to be charged and convicted for their involvement in the Capitol breach. The ongoing investigations and prosecutions serve as a reminder of the gravity of the events that took place on January 6, 2021, and the importance of holding those responsible accountable for their actions.
In total, over 1,313 individuals have been charged in connection with the Capitol breach, and the investigation is ongoing. As the legal process unfolds, it is expected that more details will emerge about the events of that day, and the roles that various individuals played in the breach.