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Jan. 6 Rioter Said to Have Instigated Breach Is Convicted

Posted on AllSides February 2nd, 2024
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A Jan. 6 rioter who prosecutors argued was a key instigator that led to the takeover of the U.S. Capitol was convicted of multiple felonies on Friday, alongside four co-defendants.

Authorities long pointed to Ryan Samsel as the man whose actions were a tipping point that turned a rowdy pro-Donald Trump protest into a downright violent riot, with him being one of the first—and possibly the first—person to push through barricades and throw them at officers at what is known as the Peace Circle.

Samsel, a 39-year-old barber from Pennsylvania,...

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