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Date: September 6, 2023
Washington, D.C. – Enrique Tarrio, the former leader of the Proud Boys, has been sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for his role in the January 6th, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol. The sentencing comes after a lengthy legal process that saw Tarrio facing multiple charges related to his involvement in the attack on the Capitol.
Tarrio, 38, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of conspiracy and obstructing an official proceeding. His guilty plea acknowledged his participation in the events leading up to the riot and his role in encouraging others to engage in acts of violence. Tarrio’s sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge James Robertson, who cited the seriousness of the charges and the impact of the attack on the nation’s democracy.
The January 6th Capitol riot, which saw a violent mob storm the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, resulted in the deaths of several individuals and extensive damage to the historic building. It also led to the evacuation of lawmakers and the certification of the election being temporarily halted.
During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors argued that Tarrio’s leadership and involvement with the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, played a significant role in organizing and inciting the violence that occurred on that fateful day. They presented evidence, including social media posts and communications, to establish Tarrio’s active role in promoting the illegal activities.
Tarrio’s defense team, on the other hand, sought a more lenient sentence, arguing that he had cooperated with law enforcement and had expressed remorse for his actions. They also emphasized that Tarrio had distanced himself from the Proud Boys following his arrest and had publicly disavowed the group.
However, Judge Robertson ultimately sided with the prosecution, stating that Tarrio’s actions on January 6th were “an attack on the heart of our democracy” and that his role in organizing and encouraging the violence could not be overlooked.
In addition to his prison sentence, Tarrio will also be subject to three years of supervised release after his release from prison and will be required to pay restitution for damages resulting from the riot.
The sentencing of Enrique Tarrio is one of the latest developments in the ongoing legal proceedings related to the January 6th Capitol riot. Numerous individuals have been charged and sentenced for their involvement in the attack, reflecting the seriousness with which the U.S. legal system has treated those responsible for the violence and destruction that occurred that day.