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AZ man released while he awaits trial on charges of seditious conspiracy in the U.S. Capitol riot

• AZ Central

A federal judge ordered an Arizona man released from detention on Wednesday while he awaits trial on seditious conspiracy charges in the U.S. Capitol riot. 

Ed Vallejo, 63, of Phoenix will be released to home confinement with 24-hour GPS monitoring and no access to the internet after being detained in federal custody since his January arrest

Describing the government's allegations against Vallejo as being "more of a foot soldier" than a leader, U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta said he weighed the allegations against whether Vallejo represented a danger to the community. He said Vallejo's lack of criminal history, 35-year marriage and recent work with a nonprofit organization all worked in his favor.

But even so, "the seriousness of this cannot be understated," Mehta said. 

He warned the U.S. Army veteran that any violations would find him right back in detention.

"No problem, sir, no problem at all," said Vallejo, who appeared by video conference in the Washington, D.C., court from a detention facility in central Virginia. 


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