Rochester man charged in DC riots will be held without bond until trial

Updated: February 10, 2021 11:18 PM
Created: February 10, 2021 08:57 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Rochester member of the Proud Boys appeared in front of a federal judge again Wednesday, following his alleged role in the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol in January.

Dominic Pezzola, a 43-year-old former marine will appear for a detention hearing, just a day after he pled not guilty to charges of conspiracy, assault, impeding officers, civil disorder, obstruction of proceeding, robbery of personal property, aiding and abetting.

There is also a new filing from his lawyer asking for conditional release pending trial. 

His lawyer also claims in part that Pezzola was, "responding to the entreaties of the then commander-in-chief, President Trump."

At the same time Pezzola was in his hearing, the Senate was discussing the damage he allegedly caused during former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial Wednesday.

New video allegedly of Pezzola was included in the House Manager's presentation.

At Pezzola's federal detention hearing, prosecutors said they will be seeking a terrorism enhancement to his charges. 

His defense attorney said he acted out of the delusional belief that he was a "patriot" defending his country. 

The judge decided Pezzola will be held without bond until his trial.

Investigators say pictures and video show Pezzola using a stolen police shield to break a window at the capitol, allowing rioters in. He's one of at least a dozen members of the Proud Boys charged in the assault.

Pezzola was recently named in a Washington Post article, which examined the financial backgrounds of those arrested in connection to the riots.

If found guilty of the charges, he could face federal prison time.

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