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Enrique Tarrio: Ex-Proud Boys Leader Receives 22-year Sentence in the January 6 Case

Tarrio was found guilty of seditious conspiracy for his involvement in orchestrating the Capitol riot

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Sadaf Hasan
Sadaf Hasan
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UNITED STATES: Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. This sentence is the longest issued in the case so far. Tarrio was found guilty of seditious conspiracy related to organizing the Capitol riot, which aimed to prevent Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s victory over former President Donald Trump, who had baselessly alleged election fraud.

Tarrio’s defense argued that his absence from Washington on January 6, due to a prior judge’s order, meant he did not directly impact the riot. However, the judge, in delivering the sentence, described Tarrio as the “ultimate leader” of the conspiracy, motivated by revolutionary zeal.

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Prosecutors highlighted Tarrio’s communication with the Proud Boys and his unique influence within the group. They had sought a 33-year prison sentence, while Tarrio’s legal team had requested a maximum of 15 years.

This sentencing follows recent sentences for other individuals involved in the Capitol attack, including Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean and Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, both receiving 18-year sentences.

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During the court proceedings, Tarrio expressed remorse for his actions, describing the events of January 6 as a “national embarrassment.” Over 1,100 individuals have faced arrests in connection with the Capitol assault, with many admitting guilt or being convicted in trials.

The riot resulted in the deaths of five individuals, including a police officer, and numerous injuries to over 140 police officers. The damage inflicted on the Capitol was estimated to be in the millions of dollars.

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Special Counsel Jack Smith, tasked with investigating broader attempts to overturn the 2020 election, has brought charges against former President Trump, who remains a prominent contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, for his alleged efforts to retain power.

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