Proud Boy Indicted In Capitol Riot Begs For Release From Jail After Contracting COVID-19

A Proud Boys member indicted in the January 6th attack on the US Capitol is pleading with courts to release him from jail, because he’s contracted COVID-19 and has health conditions that could make him particularly vulnerable to the virus.

TOPSHOT – Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021. – Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

The U.S. Justice Department has released a string of charges against Christopher Worrell:

Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds with a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon; Engaging in Physical Violence in a Restricted Building or Grounds Using a Deadly or Dangerous Weapon; Act of Physical Violence in the Capitol Grounds or Buildings; Civil Disorder; Assaulting, Resisting, or Impeding Certain Officers Using a Dangerous Weapon

The Statement of Facts used in Worrell’s indictment concludes that he appears to have been spraying pepper spray gel at a line of law enforcement officers charged with protecting the Capitol Building that day, identifies his connection to the Proud Boys white supremacist group, and affirms that Worrell admitted to being at the Capitol riots, though he denied entering the building.

According to AlterNet, Worrell, despite feeling safe enough about his physical health to travel to D.C. and participate in the attack on the Capitol, appearing in numerous photos without masks or social distancing, does not feel as safe in jail, where he has contracted COVID-19.

His attorney, Allen Orenberg, says that Worrell suffers from non-Hodgkins lymphoma and is immune-compromised, and that being locked up is detrimental to his ability to access medical care and treatment.

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