Two members of far-right group Proud Boys found guilty of Antifa attack in New York

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Two members of far-right group Proud Boys were found guilty for their part in a brutal clash with Antifa protesters in New York's Upper East Side last year.

John Kinsman, 39, and Maxwell Hare, 27, could each face up to 15 years in prison after being convicted of attempted gang assault, riot and attempted assault.

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They were among ten members from the organization to be arrested in connection with a brawl in October 2018.

All but one member, who will be tried later this year, has been convicted, the New York Daily News reported.

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The Proud Boys allegedly attacked members of Antifa, who were protesting a speaking event by the right-wing group's then-leader Gavin McInnes.

The incident, which happened on East 82nd Street and Lexington Avenue, in the Upper East Side, was caught on surveillance and cell phone footage.

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Appearing before Manhattan Supreme Court, they were both found guilty of all charges apart Kinsman who was found 'justified' of two lesser counts of third degree assault.

Footage of the altercation from October 11, at the New York City Republican Club, shows at least four hooded people dressed in black believed to be Antifa.

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One member of the group throws a bottle, which then leads the men allegedly from the Proud Boys to race towards the group - a fight then ensues.

Defense lawyers Jack Goldberg and Ronald Paul Hart claimed that after the bottle was thrown tension escalated, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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They say Kinsman and Hare felt the need to defend themselves.

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass argued that the pair went above what was a justified response.

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'What these defendants did was beyond overkill,' Steinglass said, the Journal wrote. 'Words alone, unaccompanied by physical threats...
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