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

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.

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