Enrique Tarrio, the former Proud Boys chairman, received the harshest prison term in the Justice Department’s extensive investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol hack when he was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Tuesday.
According to the article from CBS News, 33 years in prison had been suggested by the prosecution.
Since his 2022 arrest, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, Proud Boys leader has been detained, and a Washington, D.C. court found him guilty earlier this year. on several accusations, including seditious conspiracy, before a jury. The jury did not find Tarrio, Proud Boys leader guilty on every charge he was facing at the time, just like his co-defendants in the case.
His co-defendant Ethan Nordean received an 18-year sentence last week, while the other defendants were given sentences ranging from 10 to 17 years. Tarrio’s sentence was expected to take place sooner, however the U.S. Tim Kelly, a district court judge, is unwell.
The Tarrio case, along with countless others like it, serve as a stark reminder of the tumultuous chaos that was stoked by Trump’s falsehoods prior to the election, as well as the extent to which those lies encouraged right-wing extremists to storm the Capitol and obstruct the peaceful transfer of presidential power.
According to PBS News Hour, Tarrio, Proud Boys leader, stood to address the court before the verdict was announced. Proud Boys leader begged for mercy, calling the events of January 6 a “national embarrassment,” and the Proud Boys leader expressed regret to the law enforcement personnel who guarded the Capitol and the parliamentarians who fled in terror. Proud Boys leader apologized for disappointing his family and swore to leave politics behind as his voice broke.
Tarrio’s 33-year prison sentence was sought by the prosecution because they said the Proud Boys leader was the mastermind of a scheme to use violence to undermine American democracy and overthrow President Republican Trump in favor of Democrat Joe Biden.
Accusations that Tarrio, Proud Boys leader vandalized a Black Lives Matter banner during an earlier event in the nation’s capital led to his arrest two days prior to the Capitol incident, and Proud Boys leader followed with the judge’s order to leave the city following his arrest.
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