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Proud Boys leader Henry Tarrio sentenced to 22 years for role in Capitol riot

Proud Boys leader Henry Tarrio sentenced to 22 years for role in Capitol riot
Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio, former leader of the Proud Boys, during a protest on 12 December 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Stephanie Keith / Getty Images)

Federal prosecutors had sought a 33-year prison term for Tarrio. He was convicted in May, along with three others, of seditious conspiracy for efforts to prevent Congress from approving the 2020 election win by President Joe Biden, which culminated in a mob of former president Donald Trump’s supporters storming the Capitol.

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the former chairperson of the far-right Proud Boys, was ordered to serve 22 years in prison for his role in a seditious plot to halt the US government’s peaceful transfer of power, the stiffest punishment so far for those involved in the attack on the nation’s Capitol.

Tarrio (39) was sentenced on Tuesday by US District Judge Timothy Kelly in Washington. Previously, the longest sentence among more than 1,100 prosecutions tied to the 6 January 2021 Capitol riot was 18 years for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and for another Proud Boys leader, Ethan Nordean.

Federal prosecutors had sought a 33-year prison term for Tarrio. He was convicted in May with three others of seditious conspiracy for their efforts to prevent Congress from approving the 2020 election win by President Joe Biden, which culminated in a mob of former president Donald Trump’s supporters storming the Capitol.

The Proud Boys defendants played “important roles in breach after breach after breach” by the mob at the Capitol, Kelly said. “Seditious conspiracy is a serious offence. Mr Tarrio was the ultimate leader of that conspiracy. I don’t really think this is super debatable.”

The attack on 6 January “physically damaged property and hurt people”, and interrupted the nation’s long history of a peaceful transition of power, the judge said. “That previously unbroken tradition is broken now and it is going to take time and effort to fix it.”

In a sometimes tearful statement to the judge before he was sentenced, Tarrio said he was sorry for the events of 6 January, especially because Capitol police were injured during the riot.

“I am extremely ashamed and disappointed that they were caused suffering,” Tarrio said. “I failed miserably. This trial has humbled me. These police officers deserved better.”

Tarrio said he’d been selfish and was “my own worst enemy”. He added, “When I get back home, I want nothing to do with politics, groups or rallies.” DM


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  • Richard Bryant says:

    The most profound fact about Tarrio was that he wasn’t present at the Capitol, but planned and directed the attack from elsewhere. I would suggest this may make Donald Trump a bit nervous. The fact that he wasn’t there shouldn’t make any difference.

  • David Ranney says:

    Before anyone starts praising this group, a little info:

    As per the Center for International Security and Cooperation, “The Proud Boys is an all-male, far-right extremist organization formed in the United States in 2016. The group is Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, and xenophobic.” The FBI, Southern Poverty Law Center, and many others agree with the general assessment.

    Tarrio and his group went into 06 JAN 21 knowing what they were trying to do. The harm they’ve done has hurt the US far more than most understand … they all earned their prison sentences.

    • firstgraham says:

      Let’s hope that all the other radical (left wing) groups who are anti Christ, anti white, anti police, anti establishment, anti normal and who have attacked the police, burnt down public buildings and burnt the American flag will also be given the same equal treatment and humbled before the law.

      • Hermann Funk says:

        Ha, ha, ha.

      • Bob Dubery says:

        There’s no equivalence. The groups you refer to haven’t sought to overthrow a legally elected goverment and put congress in physical danger. Flag burning offends a lot of people, but it’s not illegal. People should be punished for real harm that they do.

      • Lisa Wiebesiek says:

        Can you name any of the groups to which you are referring? I’ve not come across any groups that resemble what you’ve described and I’d be interested in looking into them. Radicalisation is a fascinating phenomenon. I’m particularly interested in its relationship with nationalism.

      • Johann Olivier says:

        I believe that’s been sorted. Tarrio is only one of the long list mentioned in your tirade. They’ve all been given the ‘same equal’ treatment. Fiat justitia ruat caelum! Anti Christ? Yes. Hate filled. Nothing ‘Christian’ about them. Anti white? Bingo. Bought shame upon the race. Anti police? Absolutely! Thuggishly attacked the Capitol police, causing police deaths. Anti establishment? Completely. Attempting to overturn a democratic election. Anti normal? Well … yes. NOTHING these characters do is normal. All abnormal. Thank you for so comprehensively enunciating the issue, Mr. Graham.

  • Bob Dubery says:

    What I like about this is that there were consequences, even if it’s taken 2 years. We have riots and rebellion in this country and nobody even gets arrested. In the USA the wheels turn slowly but surely, here the wheels don’t even start.

  • No Thanks says:

    Seditious conspiracy, huh? We all saw the ‘riots’ on TV. Huge crowd of 99% peaceful people wandering around the Capitol, patriots with lots of USA flags, cops opened the doors for them. Quick comparison with the BLM riots a few years before: many were killed, billions of dollars damages. No comparable jail terms were ordered, I think 15 mo for firebombing a police car was the worst, instead BLM was rewarded with billions of dollars in donations from the big corporations. Now 10-22 year jail sentences for these guys. They are effectively political prisoners as you find in a lot of 3rd world countries. Regarding this guy in particular, the leftist mob is incensed that he’s not white so they can cancel him with the usual woke insults reserved for caucasians.

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