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Proud Boys found guilty in Antifa attempted gang assault

2019-08-19

Proud Boys members John Kinsman (l.) and Maxwell Hare were found guilty of attempted gang assault, riot and attempted assault after less than two days of deliberations in Manhattan Supreme Court.

A pair of Proud Boys was convicted Monday of roughing up members of an anarchist group that confronted them on the Upper East Side last year.

Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman were found guilty of attempted gang assault, riot and attempted assault after less than two days of deliberations in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Hare and Kinsman were among 10 members of the far-right nationalist organization who were charged in connection to the October 2018 brawl with several members of anti-fascist group Antifa. With the verdict, all but one — who will be tried at a later date — have been convicted. All but three pleaded guilty.

Members of Antifa — who refused to cooperate with authorities — were protesting a Metropolitan Republican Club speaking event by Proud Boys’ founder and former leader Gavin McInnes the night of the street fight.

The victims were referred to at the trial by nicknames based on physical attributes like “ponytail” and “shaved head."

Kinsman was convicted on all charges but was found “justified” on two lesser counts of attempted assault in the third degree.

Justice Mark Dwyer allowed the defendants to remain free on bail pending their sentencing. They face up to 15 years on the top count.