4-Year Sentence: Son of Conservative Activist Convicted for Capitol Assault

On Friday, the son of a well-known conservative activist received a sentence of almost four years in prison for what the prosecution described as his “relentless” attack on the US Capitol, during which he broke through a glass, pursued a policeman, and entered the Senate chamber.

During the siege on January 6, 2021, Leo Brent Bozell IV, 44, of Palmyra, Pennsylvania, was one of the first rioters to enter the Capitol and one of the first to reach the Senate floor.

L. Brent Bozell III, Bozell’s father, established the Parents Television Council, the Media Research Center, and other conservative media institutions.

Just prior to receiving a sentence of three years and nine months in prison from U.S. District Judge John Bates, the younger Bozell turned to apologize to two Capitol police officers seated in the courtroom gallery. In addition, he said that he had “put a stain on my family forever” to his wife and parents.

“I don’t recognize that person in the videos,” he stated. “I don’t know what I was thinking.”

According to Bates, Bozell did not act spontaneously when he stormed the Capitol. The judge stated that he had planned to visit the Capitol on January 6 and had prepared for violence on that day.

“You had plenty of chances to stop doing what you were doing,” the judge stated.

Bozell’s recommended prison term from the prosecution was eleven years and eight months. He allegedly launched “relentless and sustained attacks” on law enforcement while organizing or spearheading other rioters to breach police barriers at several points both inside and outside the Capitol.

Bozell’s release was granted by the judge, and he will have to go to prison at a later date. When Bozell heard his punishment, he thanked the judge.

In February 2021, Bozell was taken into custody. Part of the reason an FBI informant identified Bozell was able to identify him was the “Hershey Christian Academy” sweater he was wearing on January 6.

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Before finding Bozell guilty of ten offenses, including disrupting the joint session of Congress on January 6 to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, Bates heard testimony without the presence of a jury.

Following then-President Donald Trump’s January 6 “Stop the Steal” demonstration outside the White House, Bozell marched to the Capitol and joined a crowd that jumped a police line.

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Bozell broke the Senate Wing Door windowpane with a metal item. Bozell joined other rioters in pursuing Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer, up a staircase to a location where additional cops approached the group after Bozell climbed through the broken glass.

Bozell carried an unknown thing out of the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the time. Later, he went into the Senate gallery and turned a C-SPAN camera so that it was facing away from the audience and could not capture footage of protesters looting the chamber. He also stood on the Senate floor for a few minutes.

Bozell spent about an hour wandering around the Capitol, visiting over a dozen different areas and going through at least seven police lines before being led out by police, according to the prosecution.

The prosecution had pushed for a “terrorism enhancement” that would have greatly raised the suggested prison term range for Bozell. However, the augmentation was rejected by the judge, who stated that it “doesn’t make a lot of sense in this case.”

Eric Snyder, the defense lawyer, stated that Bozell is not deserving of being labeled a terrorist.

“Good people do bad things,” Snyder stated. “This is a good person who did a terrible thing.”

In a letter to the court, Bozell’s father defended his son and questioned the reasons behind the prosecution’s request for a terrorist enhancement.

“I have remained silent for the past 3 1/2 years because I didn’t want to tip the apple cart of justice,” he stated. “But given what I saw in the trial, and more importantly learning about this terrorism enhancement, I no longer can. I believe there is more at play here.”

In connection with the Capitol disturbance, federal offenses have been brought against about 1,350 persons. Approximately two-thirds of the over 850 of those who have been sentenced have been given prison terms varying from a few days to 22 years.

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