Proud Boys affiliate sentenced over January 6 insurrection
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Proud Boys affiliate sentenced over January 6 insurrection

Proud Boys affiliate Joshua Pruitt was sentenced Monday to four years and seven months in prison for his involvement in the January 6 insurrection. He must also pay $2,000 in restitution. Pruitt was charged with obstruction of an official proceeding and signed a plea agreement June 3.

The sentencing memorandum details Pruitt’s involvement with the insurrection. Pruitt was actively trying to join the Proud Boys group and went to a rally on January 6. From the rally Pruitt and other Proud Boy members made their way to the Capitol. As rioters started pushing through Capitol law enforcement, Pruitt followed them using a piece of fencing to climb up onto the stairs.

Pruitt was one of the first people to enter the Capitol and made his way to the Senate subway. He was one of the people that came close to then minority leader Chuck Schumer. Pruitt managed to leave the capitol building but was arrested later that night after violating the curfew that was put in place.

Since the insurrection at the US Capitol, more than 860 people have been arrested for their involvement. More than 260 people have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement as well. The investigation of the insurrection is still in progress.