Being detained in the DC gulag for nearly two years has taken a toll on J6 political prisoners William Chrestman‘s faith, family and mental health.
In a recent letter to TGP, Chrestman describes the “inhumane” conditions he is subjected to while living in a “third-world hell.”
“I feel gross, depressed, and angry about how I’ve been treated. And that’s not even mentioning the violent abuse we J6ers suffer at the hands of racist and hateful corrections officers,” Chrestman wrote. “We get maced for no reason, beaten for singing the National Anthem.”
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An Army veteran that served as a combat medic and Proud Boys member, Chrestman entered the US Capitol on January 6, 201 with other members of the Proud Boys organization.
“He and others in the group moved through the crowd in a military formation, based on their training as veterans and former police,” the American Gulag reported.
Federal prosecutors claim that Chrestman and other Proud Boy members plotted and incited a breach at the Capitol and disrupted the joint session of Congress as it counted electoral votes to confirm the result of the 2020 presidential election.
Chrestman is allegedly seen on numerous videos of the Capitol grounds wielding an ax handle and stirring up the crowd with raucous chants.
The veteran, a father of 5 and grandfather of 4 who served 4 years as a medic in the Army, was arrested on February 11, 2021.
Chrestman faces several federal charges including conspiracy, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding and threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer.
Chrestman wrote a letter to The Gateway Pundit in December detailing the last time he saw his wife during the FBI’s predawn raid:
My wife and I were shaken from our bed at approximately 5 am. The sounds of flashbang grenades and bullhorns outside our bedroom window were deafening. There were lights and militarized officers everywhere outside our house as well as a large armored personnel carrier sitting on my front lawn facing my front door.
“The FBI told us to come outside. We walked out the door with our hands up. My wife in her robe and myself in a T-shirt and Levis. It was so damn cold on that February morning. Dozens of SWAT officers pointing rifles and automatic weapons at us. When I asked what my charges were a short grumpy SWAT officer waddled up and screamed at me, ‘Do I look like I give a f*** what your charges are?!’
My name is Billy Chrestman.I am a Jan 6 detainee and former Proud Boy. I am currently incarcerated in the DC Gulag.I’m 49 years old. I have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. I’m a former US Army medic. For the last 15, years before getting arrested, I have been a union sheetmetal worker.I have been locked up for nearly 2 years due to the events of January 6. I have been held without bond even though I have no violent charges. Due to this experience I have literally lost everything. My home, my car, most of my possessions, and especially my children’s stability has been destroyed. My wife is having a hard time navigating life without me. I was the breadwinner.Even though I’m a nonviolent family man with no criminal history the FBI decided to arrest me like an Al Qaida terrorist in a predawn raid with flashbang grenades and armored vehicles. My family is still emotionally devastated after this experience. I am so sorry they had to go through it and as a man I wish I could hug them and make it better. But I cannot because I was denied bond. I have not even seen their faces in almost 2 years. I am not allowed visitation or even video visitation.The treatment I, and my J6 brothers, have endured since my arrest in February 2021 has been dismal and degrading at best. Its straight up inhumane third world hell.Nearly a year was spent on solitary confinement with 23 or 22 hours a day alone in my cell. Yellow/brown smelly water regularly comes out of my cell faucet. Mold is rampant in this jail, especially around the sinks and showers and toilets.The toilets fill with human waste at night while we sleep. The entire jail seems to have a rat/mice/cockroach infestation. Its so gross! All of the sleeping “mattresses” are thin, stinky, brown, and have holes. Like I said, this place is like a third world hellhole. It makes me feel like I’ve been thrown away like garbage.I feel gross, depressed, and angry about how I’ve been treated. And that’s not even mentioning the violent abuse we J6ers suffer at the hands of racist and hateful corrections officers.We get maced for no reason, beaten for singing the National Anthem, or even ziptied and savagely beaten in the middle of the night for arguing for toilet paper with the guards. We are denied proper medical treatment and we have no due process for our complaints. The grievance process here is totally broken and corrupted. I feel lost, lonely, forgotten, and hopeless. This place is draining my spirit and destroying my faith in law and order.I pray this nightmare comes to an end soon. My family is being destroyed. All of my money is gone. I have nothing and no way to provide for my family. I miss being able to touch my wife and hug my kids. Just even to be able to see their faces would be a treat. I don’t even know how much they have grown in the last 2 years. Being separated from them is the cruelest part of this. I miss them dearly. I want to tell my 8 year old daughter that I will be home soon, but I don’t want to lie to her. I don’t know how long this hell will last. Why has this happened to me?
An estimated six hundred men and women have been apprehended by the Federal Bureau of Investigations for protesting the stolen election on Capitol Hill on January 6 and are suffering horribly at the hands of our corrupted government.
Most of Joe Biden’s political prisoners are being denied due process, held without bail, have yet to be convicted of a crime and are languishing in solitary confinement as they lose their livelihoods waiting month after month for a crooked judge and jury in Washington DC to begin to adjudicate their case.
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