Rochester man charged in Capitol riot assigned new attorney

Updated: February 03, 2021 05:50 PM
Created: February 03, 2021 11:44 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y.(WHEC) — The Rochester man accused of participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last month appeared in federal court Wednesday.

Dominic Pezzola, 43, appeared in front of Judge Robin Meriweather via video conference after his previous attorney, Michael Scibetta, filed a notice to be removed. Pezzola was assigned a new attorney, Jonathan Zucker, by the court. 

Authorities arrested Pezzola on Jan. 15 for his alleged involvement in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

He was indicted in federal court in the District of Columbia on charges of conspiracy, civil disorder, unlawfully entering restricted buildings or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in restricted buildings or grounds, obstruction of an official proceeding, aiding and abetting civil disorder, robbery of personal property of the United States, assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers, destruction of government property and engaging in physical violence in restricted buildings or grounds.

The FBI recommended Pezzola be held in jail until his trial. A U.S. attorney wrote he "poses a serious danger to the community and a serious risk of flight."

A detention hearing is scheduled for Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m.

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