NewsCrime

Actions

KC Proud Boy charged in Jan. 6 riots files motion to await trial while out of jail

WilliamChrestmanMug.jpg
Posted at 11:36 AM, May 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-28 12:36:21-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One of several Kansas City-area Proud Boys members charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol says he shouldn’t have to wait in jail until the outcome of his trial.

Olathe resident William Chrestman, 47, was one of three Kansas City-area residents initially charged in connection to the capitol riots.

READ: Chrestman court filing

In February, a federal judge ordered Chrestman to be transferred to Washington to await trial.

In a court filing this week, Chrestman’s public defender asked the judge to reconsider detaining Chrestman prior to trial, arguing that there’s nothing in his background suggesting he is a flight risk.

His attorneys also say that Chrestman is not receiving appropriate levels of medication to treat his chronic pain from a 2010 workplace accident as a sheet metal worker, as well as not getting enough medication to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder and insomnia.

Chrestman was charged in February alongside two other Kansas City-area defendants, Christopher Kuehne, also of Olathe, and Luis Colon of Blue Springs.

In this week’s filing, Chrestman’s attorney says the other two defendants played a larger role in the Jan. 6 riot than Chrestman.

It was not clear when the judge would rule on Chrestman’s request.

For jurisdictions that utilize the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline, anonymous tips can be made by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at P3Tips.com.

Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the 41 Action News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the 41 Action News Mug Shot Policy.