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  • Convicted

Ethan NordeanLast Updated: September 6, 2023


Rufio Panman


Auburn, Washington

Insurrection Related Information

  • Present at Capitol on 1/6

Litigation Details

  • Arrested in Western District, Washington
  • Sentenced on Sep 1, 2023

Executive Summary

Nordean is the self-described “Sergeant of Arms” of the Seattle Chapter of the Proud Boys, a group self-described as a “pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists.”

Handpicked to lead the breach of the Capitol by Enrique Tarrio, longtime leader of the Proud Boys.

Litigation Details

Case File:



  • Conspiracy
  • Obstruction of an Official Proceeding and Aiding and Abetting
  • Destruction of Government Property and Aiding and Abetting
  • Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building or Grounds
  • Disorderly Conduct in a Restricted Building or Grounds

Timeline of Litigation

  • Arrested

    Western District, Washington | February 3, 2021
  • Arraigned

    March 23, 2021 "Pleaded not guilty to all counts 3/23/21"
  • Charged

    March 3, 2021 "Indictment 3/3/21. Nordean entered a not guilty plea to counts 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and 6s."
  • Charged

    March 10, 2021 "Superseding indictment 3/10/21."
  • Charged

    March 7, 2022 "Superseding indictment filed 3/7/22."
  • Charged

    June 6, 2022 "Superseding indictment filed 6/6/22."
  • Trial

    May 4, 2023 "On May 4, 2023, a jury found Nordean, Pezzola, and three other co-defendants guilty of multiple felonies, including obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to prevent members of Congress or federal officers from discharging their duties before and during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Defendant Ethan Nordean was previously convicted of seditious conspiracy."
  • Sentenced

    September 1, 2023 "Sentenced to 18 years in prison and 36 months of supervised release"

Sentencing Details

  • Prison: 18 years(s)
  • Parole/Supervised Release: 36 month(s)

Affiliated Organizations

    • Extremist / Right-Wing Group

    Proud Boys

    37 individual(s)

Press Coverage

  • Proud Boys Leaders Sentenced to Prison for Roles in Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

    Published on September 1, 2023 Read at US DOJ
  • Jury Convicts Four Leaders of the Proud Boys of Seditious Conspiracy Related to U.S. Capitol Breach

    Published on May 4, 2023 Read at US DOJ
  • Four Proud Boys Convicted of Sedition in Key Jan. 6 Case

    Published on May 4, 2023 Read at New York Times
  • Leader of Proud Boys and Four Other Members Indicted in Federal Court For Seditious Conspiracy and Other Offenses Related to U.S. Capitol Breach

    Published on June 6, 2022 Read at US DOJ
  • Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio jailed pending trial in Jan. 6 Capitol attack

    Published on March 15, 2022 Read at Washington Post
  • Document in Jan. 6 Case Shows Plan to Storm Government Buildings

    Published on March 14, 2022 Read at New York Times
  • Member of Proud Boys Charged with Obstructing an Official Proceeding, Other Charges Related to the Jan. 6 Riots

    Published on February 3, 2021 Read at US DOJ

Affiliated People (5)

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    • Convicted

    Joseph Biggs

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Ormond Beach, Florida
    • Sentenced on August 31, 2023
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    • Convicted

    Zachary Rehl

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Port Richmond, Pennsylvania
    • Sentenced on August 31, 2023
    • Leader of Proud Boys' Philly Chapter
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    • Convicted

    Charles Donohoe

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Kernersville, North Carolina
    • Sentenced on January 1, 2024
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    • Convicted

    • Subpoenaed

    Enrique Tarrio

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Miami, Florida
    • Sentenced on September 5, 2023
    • Leader, Proud Boys
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    • Convicted

    Dominic Pezzola

    Litigation Status
    • Arrested in Rochester, New York
    • Sentenced on September 1, 2023

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