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The government says the son of a well-known conservative involved in the January 6th Senate floor invasion does not deserve trust and should be sentenced to 12 years in jail

Prosecutors told a federal judge that the son of a prominent conservative activist convicted of bashing open a Senate window, joining rioters who chased an officer before making his way to Speaker of the House’s office and finally perching himself in a gallery where he turned the view of CSPAN camera away from fellow rioters on Jan. 6 deserves 12 years in prison.

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Inset: L. Brent Bozell IV appears on his cell phone in trial exhibit footage from inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Background: Trial exhibit photos show Bozell, circled in yellow, walking up to a window and then bashing it apart further. Photos courtesy of U.S. Justice Department.

Inset: L. Brent Bozell IV can be seen on his phone in trial footage from inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Background: Trial exhibit photos show Bozell, marked in yellow, approaching a window and breaking it further. Photos courtesy of U.S. Justice Department.

The prosecution told a federal judge that the son of a prominent conservative activist who broke open a Senate window, joined rioters who went after a police officer, then went to the Speaker of the House’s office and eventually sat in a gallery where he turned the CSPAN camera away from fellow rioters Jan. 6 should be imprisoned for 12 years.

Leo Brent Bozell IV from Pennsylvania is the son of Brent Bozell, the conservative founder of the Media Research Center, CNSNews, and the Parents Television Counsel, as Law&Crime previously reported,

Bozell IV, 44, was convicted convicted at a bench trial last September in Washington, D.C. on 10 counts including five felonies like obstructing an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, destruction of government property and aiding and abetting, civil disorder, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers. He was also convicted on several misdemeanors including entering and remaining in a restricted building and grounds.

The sharp 12-year suggested sentence is the result of a terrorism enhancement prosecutors seek for Bozell, a government sentencing memorandum from Friday explained.

Bozell’s lawyer, William Shipley, wrote in a proposed sentencing memorandum that his client “made a bad error in judgment” on Jan. 6 but “did not arrive with ill intent.”

Senior U.S. District Judge John Bates, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, disagreed when he convicted Bozell last fall, telling him directly that he found many of his explanations for his conduct utterly unbelievable.

“I find that Mr. Bozell was not a credible witness on several fronts. Many of his explanations of his conduct before and on Jan. 6 defy both the video evidence and common sense,” Bates said when rendering his verdict, court records show.

Bates did not buy the Pennsylvania man’s claims that text messages discussing “taking the Capitol” were just “silly conversations” with friends or family nor did he believe Bozell was trying to help police. Bozell’s smashing of windows “because he was angry the situation outside was deteriorating so quickly,” was equally uncredible and none more so than his assertion that he tore through the complex in search of his mother.

“The sentiments expressed in these messages track Mr. Bozell’s actual conduct on January 6: He did in fact smash windows, storm the Capitol and then help to delay the certification of the 2020 election,” Bates said on Sept. 8.

The evidence showed Bozell was involved in “many pivotal breaches” and “actively and aggressively propelled the momentum of the mob from the Senate Wing Doors — where he personally created entry points for hundreds of rioters — all the way to the Senate Chamber, which he occupied rendering it impossible for Congress to meet,” U.S. attorney Ashley Akers wrote.

Bozell took part in or led breaches under the Capitol scaffolding, at the northwest stairs in two places; he broke a window to enter the Senate wing, pushed through police lines near a carriage door entrance, burst into the East Rotunda doors, the Senate Gallery, and finally the Senate floor — and all of this by 2:49 p.m., according to prosecutors.

Justice Department trial exhibits show Leo Bozell as one of the first rioters to enter the Senate chamber (left) and Bozell then rustling through an emergency supply bag and removing a rope (right).

Documents from the Justice Department trial show Leo Bozell as one of the initial rioters to enter the Senate chamber (left) and Bozell then rummaging through an emergency supply bag and taking out a rope (right).

He circumvented police and overcame barriers and “joined others in a threatening pursuit of U.S Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman up a staircase,” stopping just a few steps from where lawmakers were sheltering.

After Goodman led the crowd away, Bozell meanwhile broke into and entered a private meeting room before joining a different group of rioters elsewhere.

Justice Department trial exhibits depicting Bozell (yellow rectangle, top) ascending the stairs with the mob chasing Officer Eugene Goodman, and then confronting a line of officers in the Ohio Clock Corridor(yellow circle, bottom) on Jan. 6, 2021.

Justice Department trial documents showing Bozell (yellow rectangle, top) going up the stairs with the mob chasing Officer Eugene Goodman, and then confronting a line of officers in the Ohio Clock Corridor(yellow circle, bottom) on Jan. 6, 2021.

Prosecutors said when police tried to compel Bozell and others to move back, it was Bozell who ran off toward then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office “and left carrying an unidentified object in his hand.”

Wherever he went, he cleared a path for fellow rioters, the Justice Department emphasized, and when he finally reached the Senate chamber, he took a CSPAN camera focused on the chaos engulfing the floor and pointed it away. He instructed others to do the same.

Justice Department trial exhibit shows Leo Bozell aiming a CSPAN camera away from the gallery to face the ground instead on Jan. 6, 2021.

Justice Department trial exhibit shows Leo Bozell aiming a CSPAN camera away from the gallery to face the ground instead on Jan. 6, 2021.

Inside for about an hour, he visited more than a dozen locations and when it was over, messages showed him complaining that then-Vice President Mike Pence was a “traitor” for certifying the 2020 election and said his actions were “morally justified.”

As a result of the violence on Jan. 6, several people died and over 140 police officers were seriously injured.

Bozell’s attorney strongly denies that Bozell “chased” Officer Goodman up a staircase.

“He merely followed, if not walked along with numerous others behind Goodman,” Shipley wrote before adding objections to language prosecutors used.

Specifically, the attorney objects to the use of the word “swarm” in the government’s sentencing memorandum to describe the crowd.

The attorney revealed that Bozell and his wife have “chosen not to reveal” details of his prosecution to their two daughters since it would be too stressful. Seeking leniency, the attorney added that Bozell and his wife seek to keep “a safe and welcoming environment in their home and to help those in need in their community.”

This is particularly the case when “Mr. Bozell’s daughters’ friends have been in tough situations,” so he and his wife have opened their home to them and have become a place where a “loving family environment” is nurtured, Shipley wrote.

Prosecutors must weigh the seriousness of Bozell’s actions on Jan.6 against other rioter sentences. Notably, prosecutors compared his conduct to that of imprisoned Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola. Pezzola, like Bozell, broke open a window to gain entry to the Capitol and let rioters pour inside.

Pezzola was tried for four months with leaders of the Proud Boys. Only he was facing the sedition charge, but Pezzola was found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to prevent members of Congress and federal law enforcement officers from doing their duties, civil disorder, and destruction of government property. He was also found guilty of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers and robbery for forcibly removing one officer’s riot shield. He was sentenced to 10 years for the 23 minutes he spent inside the Capitol. acquitted Bozell’s actions were described as “more extensive” than Pezzola’s, as he was inside for nearly an hour, according to Akers.

This, combined with his “fantastical testimony and lack of remorse” during the bench trial, emphasized the need for a severe sentence.

Basically, the defendant’s actions clearly showed an intent to prevent Congress from certifying the election results through physical force and property destruction. This behavior is a clear example of attempting to influence and retaliate against government conduct through intimidation or coercion, and justifies the use of the terrorism enhancement, according to Akers.

Bozell is expected to be

Prosecutors asked a federal judge to sentence the son of a prominent conservative activist, who was convicted of breaking open a Senate window, joining rioters who pursued an officer, entering the Speaker of the House’s office, and then positioning himself in a gallery where he redirected the CSPAN camera from other rioters on Jan. 6, to 12 years in prison. sentenced on May 17.

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