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Palmyra man pleads not guilty to U.S. Capitol breach

Leo Brent Bozell IV was identified mostly in social media posts, wearing a Hershey Christian Academy sweatshirt while inside the Capitol.

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Leo Brent Bozell as seen in footage from the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Leo Brent Bozell as seen in footage from the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Leo Brent Bozell as seen in footage from the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

(Washington) — A Palmyra man accused of participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol entered a not guilty plea Friday when he was arraigned.

Leo Brent Bozell IV, who was identified mostly in social media posts, wearing a Hershey Christian Academy sweatshirt while inside the Capitol, was charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, destruction of government property, entering a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in the Capitol building, acts of physical violence in the Capitol and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Documents released in February described the evidence against Bozell, mostly found in photos and videos from social media, YouTube, and some surveillance footage.

In one YouTube video, Bozell can be seen in the U.S. Capitol’s Senate balcony with a group. It is unclear if Bozell is speaking, but the rest of the group is chanting “treason” in the clip.

In other footage, Bozell can be seen moving a camera so that it is pointing down to the ground, not at the group of rioters that were entering the main floor.

Recently unsealed court records show the Palmyra, Lebanon County, man breaking a window and jumping from the balcony in the U.S. Senate.

Bozell is the son of well-known conservative activists Brent Bozell III, who founded the Media Research Center and the Parents Television Council.

Information from a story reported by WITF was used in this report.

NPR’s Investigative and News Apps teams have published a database of everyone arrested so far in connection with the Capitol riot. This area of reporting is ongoing, and the database is being updated.

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