Jeremy Bertino, a Proud Boys leader from North Carolina, pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy and gun charges on Thursday, becoming the first member of the far-right group to admit to seditious conspiracy — the toughest charge prosecutors have filed in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot investigation — and the first Proud Boys leader to plead guilty to any charges.
He agreed to cooperate with the government in its seditious conspiracy case against five other Proud Boys leaders, set for trial in December.
The charges he admitted to carry maximum jail terms of 30 years, but “in a sign of the sensitivity and potential importance of Bertino’s testimony, prosecutors agreed that in exchange for ‘substantial cooperation,’ they could seek leniency at sentencing and enter Bertino into a Justice Department witness protection program,” The Washington Post reports. They said they would recommend a sentence in the four- to five-year range.
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