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Breadth of Jan. 6 Investigation: 1,240 Arrests And 710 Guilty Pleas

The criminal investigation into the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is still pushing on, even after three years and hundreds of sentences, the New York Times reports. The piece gives a snapshot of the breadth of the investigation: as of December, about 1,240 people had been arrested in connection with the attack, accused of crimes ranging from trespassing, a misdemeanor, to seditious conspiracy, a felony. More than 350 cases are still pending. Around 170 people have been convicted at trial, while only two people have been fully acquitted. Approximately 710 people have pleaded guilty, and around 210 pleaded guilty to felony offenses. After being convicted or pleading guilty, more than 720 people have received sentences so far, and more than 450 of them were sentenced to periods of incarceration. And while there have been about 1,240 arrests as of early December, that may be only half of the total indictments that will be filed.


While some of the cases have attracted nationwide attention, particularly those involving far-right groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers militia, most of the prosecutions have flown beneath the radar. Most of the riot cases, more than 710, were resolved without trial, through guilty pleas. More than 450 people have been sent to jail or prison, with the longest term so far being the 22-year sentence imposed on Enrique Tarrio, the former leader of the Proud Boys. One of the most common charges used against rioters has been entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds. More than 1,100 have faced that count. About 450 people have been charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement officers at the Capitol, and about 330 have been accused of obstruction of the certification of the election that was taking place inside the building on Jan. 6. 


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