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    Army Veteran Who Wielded Ax Handle During Capitol Riot Gets over 4 Years in Prison

    Army Veteran Who Wielded Ax Handle During Capitol Riot Gets over 4 Years in Prison

    A jailed member of the Proud Boys extremist group was sentenced on Friday to more than four years in prison for his role in a mob's attack on the U.S. Capitol three years ago, court records show.

    William Chrestman, a U.S. veteran from Olathe, Kansas, brandished an axe handle and threated police with violence after leading other Proud Boys members to the perimeter of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

    Chrestman pleaded guilty in October to obstructing the Jan. 6 session of Congress for certifying the Electoral College vote. He also pleaded guilty to a second felony count of threatening to assault a federal officer during the Capitol riot.

    U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly sentenced Chrestman to four years and seven months in prison, according to court records.

    Prosecutors had recommended a prison sentence of five years and three months, arguing that he “played a significant role during the riot due to his presence and conduct at pivotal moments during the day.”

    “Indeed, Chrestman regularly presented himself as a leader among the rioters including when he was part of the tip of the spear that created the breach at the Peace Circle, encouraged other rioters to move to the police barricades, told rioters to stop the arrest of a rioter, and thanked them for supporting the Proud Boys,” prosecutors wrote.

    Chrestman has been jailed since his arrest in February 2021. He'll get credit for the nearly three years he…

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