Lawyers for Rochester man accused in Capitol Riot challenge pretrial detention order

Updated: February 19, 2021 06:11 AM
Created: February 18, 2021 09:35 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester man accused of participating in the Capitol Riot on Jan. 6 is challenging a judge’s order to keep him in pretrial detention.

Dominic Pezzola, 43, was charged with conspiracy, assault, impeding officers, civil disorder, obstruction of proceeding, robbery of personal property, aiding and abetting for his alleged actions during the Capitol Riot.

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.

On Feb. 10 a judge ordered that Pezzola be held without bond until his trial.

A motion filed by his attorney on Feb. 18 requests that he be released on third-party custody and placed into the High Intensive Supervision Program of the Pretrial Services Agency conditioned on reasonable conditions, possibly work release and curfew.

As part of his motion for his pre-trial release, Pezzola’s attorney implies that his client wants to negotiate a plea deal with some form of acceptance of responsibility.

A footnote in the filing also says “Although the Court can play no role in disposition negotiations, via counsel Pezzola has indicated his desire to begin disposition negotiations and acceptance of responsibility for his actions. He seeks to make amends.”

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