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Enrique Tarrio, the former leader of the Proud Boys, received a 22-year prison sentence for orchestrating a failed plot to keep Donald Trump in power after the 2020 election. This marks the toughest punishment linked to the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack.
Tarrio, prior to sentencing, appealed for leniency, deeming January 6 a “national embarrassment” and apologizing to the police and lawmakers affected. He emphasized that he wasn’t driven by political zealotry and implored for mercy, stressing the importance of not losing his “40s.”
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, described Tarrio’s actions as fueled by “revolutionary zeal” and the need for a stern penalty to deter future political violence, citing Tarrio’s lack of public remorse.
Tarrio’s defense portrayed him as a “keyboard ninja” with no intent to overthrow the government. Prosecutors argued their actions amounted to “terrorism,” but the judge ultimately issued shorter sentences than sought.
Government evidence included messages by Proud Boys celebrating the Capitol attack, with Tarrio stating, “We did this,” and instructing, “Do it again.”
Tarrio is the last Proud Boys leader convicted of seditious conspiracy to be sentenced; three others received 15 to 18 years in prison.