Palmyra man receives 45-month jail sentence for involvement in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Palmyra Man Sentenced for Capitol Attack

Palmyra Resident Receives Jail Time for U.S. Capitol Attack

Palmyra Resident Sentenced for Capitol Attack

A District of Columbia federal judge handed down a sentence to Palmyra resident Leo Brent “Zeeker” Bozell IV for his involvement in the violent Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. Bozell will serve three years and nine months in prison and pay $4,729 towards the damages caused by the rioters and the costs incurred by the Capitol Police.

Details of the Sentence

Despite federal prosecutors seeking an 11 1/2-year sentence, the judge decided on a shorter term. Bozell, who has been free on recognizance, will remain so until instructed by the U.S. Marshals Service to report to a federal prison. His attorneys had requested a 2 1/2-year sentence.

Bozell’s Involvement in the Capitol Attack

Bozell, part of the mob supporting former President Donald Trump, participated in breaching the Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election win. This event resulted in injuries to over 100 police officers, extensive damage to the Capitol, and costs exceeding $2.9 million for the Capitol Police.

Prosecutors’ Sentencing Memorandum

According to federal prosecutors, Bozell played a significant role during the attack, leading critical breaches and actively propelling the mob towards the Senate Chamber. Evidence from the trial showcased Bozell’s involvement in key moments of the insurrection.

Denial of Intent and Contradictory Text Messages

Bozell denied any violent intentions, claiming he got swept up with the crowd. However, text messages sent before the riot contradicted his claims, indicating plans to commit violent acts and damage property. Judge Bates found Bozell’s trial testimony to be lacking credibility.

Judge’s Assessment

Judge Bates, in his guilty verdict, emphasized that Bozell’s actions aligned with the sentiments expressed in his text messages. He deemed Bozell’s explanations implausible and unsupported by evidence. The judge highlighted the discrepancy between Bozell’s claims and his actual conduct on Jan. 6.

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