Last week, the world was shocked by Judge Kelly’s dishonorable move of delivering harsh and politically driven sentences to five Proud Boys members–Joe Biggs, Zach Rehl, Dominic Pezzola, Ethan Nordean, and Enrique Tarrio.
Had these ‘trials’ been televised, the nation would likely be in an uproar over reports of constitutional violations allegedly committed by judges and prosecutors in the courtroom of Washington D.C.
On Thursday, Marine Corps. veteran Zach Rehl was devastated to hear his sentence of 15 years announced in court. He recounts the gut-wrenching experience with great emotional detail.
“So my sentencing was heartbreaking for me. I know I’m perceived as some dangerous violent thug, but I am in fact the opposite. I have a loving nature and get along with everyone I meet, I sincerely care about everyone who takes the time to get to know me. It is why I had so many people show up to my sentencing hearing, where we filled our entire side and spilled over to the government’s side, despite living all the way in Philly. Its because I’m a genuinely good person and I’m proud of that.
Now, I knew I wasn’t going home on Thursday, but I was hoping that the sentence was going to be reasonable based on the charges, this way I could hopefully do some programs and maybe be home this year or next. But they weren’t. We all found out Joe Biggs was sentenced to 17 years, 17, for not doing anything violent at all.
So the moment I walked into that packed courtroom, all I seen were tears, family crying before the judge even spoke a word about me. We all knew what this day was going to be about. It was about insane sentences that do not fit the crime and all to take down Trump, not to actually serve justice. But I knew this already, because prior to my arrest, head FBI agent Christopher Wray stated that they would ensure every single person charged would plead guilty to something no matter what. No matter what. That’s not serving justice. Serving justice is finding people who committed crimes guilty of charges- not finding ways to make sure people are guilty of charges if they are innocent.
So, I was mentally prepared for the absolute worst all along. The first day I was denied bail, two days after my arrest on March 17th, 2021, I knew this had nothing to do with me, or about serving justice. It was about making sure Trump does not run for president again, and when it became evident he would run, that he would have no chance to win. So they created this illusion of an “innnnsuuuuurrection” (make sure you play the sound of thunder and lightening in your head when you read that for proper effect.) When all that happened was a protest gone bad, one of many that happened in the 12 months prior. They are terrible, people get hurt, things get broken- but they happen and they are an uncontrollable result of political tensions, especially when they get too high. That was an example of tensions getting too high. People were upset, they wanted their voices heard, and cops acted too aggressive at times and helped cause the whole thing to get out of control.
To say that 5 men were responsible for orchestrating the whole thing though is absurd. The crowd that came from the Ellipse where President Trump gave his speech surrounded the whole Capitol building around the same time, which is approximately 800 yards wide, that’s 8 football fields. To say 5 men controlled that is insane.
PLEASE HELP ZACH REHL HERE.
The government said we were responsible anyway. As the judge struggled to justify what he was planning to hand down, all I could do is shake my head and look on helplessly as my family hears the ridiculous narrative from the prosecution. I eventually got to speak, which I imagine may have had little effect on my sentence, but I gave one anyway. I almost didn’t do it, because I knew this sentence was handed down to be a gut puncher and not a lesson learner, but when all was said and done, I did so anyway. Not for the judge, not for me, but for my family. Since my speech, my haters have attacked me for going back on my word, which I did not do. I considered giving them a headline by bad mouthing the Proud Boys with the hopes of shaving off a few years, but decided against it because I have too much integrity. I also said I wish I never got involved with politics and said doing so was why I was here. If I never did, I would have never met the Proud Boys or ever went to a rally. It’s a fact. The rest, was all to tell my family I loved them and missed them, and would do anything to be in their lives again. I meant that.
It meant so much to me, I bawled my eyes out saying it, while they bawled their eyes out listening…because they knew I meant it. I am not some monster who tried to lead an insurrection against our country. I’m a proud Marine Corps veteran, father of two, husband, son, brother, cousin and friend of many. I went down there to protest in support of President Trump and did so with a lot of friends of mine that I met through the Proud Boys. The prosecution says that we led “an army” of 200 PBs to attack the Capital, but they leave out the fact that only 15 PBs were arrested, most of which were charged with trespassing, the rest never entered Capitol grounds and went back to their hotels to drink, which I did two hours later.
I didn’t break anything, I didn’t hurt anyone, and I didn’t tell anyone to either. There was no plan and there was no conspiracy, unless one done by the government. The fact that I was just sentenced to 15 years for merely walking around public property, whether we were authorized at the time or not, is a miscarriage of justice and should have all Americans calling their Congress people and saying, enough is enough! I lost my military disability pension due to this and need all your help to keep us in the fight! Please donate to our legal defend fund so this doesn’t happen to you or your friends or family.”
**Please contribute to Zach’s fundraiser for his appeal HERE (https://www.givesendgo.com/defendzach). His military benefits have been canceled by the government he fought for, putting his family in a dire situation as well.
Zachary Rehl is a successful entrepreneur from Philadelphia, who is married and the father of two young children. On the day his youngest daughter was born, he was arrested and faces a sentence that would keep him incarcerated until she graduates high school.
He is a typical American conservative who believes in the Constitution and, like many others, had gone to Washington D.C. to exercise his right to petition for grievances. However, what began as a peaceful protest quickly descended into chaos when police attacked protesters.
Please pray for Zachary as he moves forward with his appeal.