Ex-Proud Boys Chief Enrique Tarrio Sentenced to 22 Years in Jail for Jan. 6 Assault

The proverbial chickens got here dwelling to roost Tuesday for Enrique Tarrio, the previous nationwide chairman of the Proud Boys who was convicted earlier this yr for seditious conspiracy in reference to the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Tarrio, 38, an Afro-Cuban who was born in Miami and raised Catholic in Little Havana, was sentenced to as much as 22 years in jail that included a terrorism enhancement for his involvement in plotting to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election ends in Congress, intending to maintain Trump in energy. Prosecutors pushed for a 33-year sentence, although the choose allowed for a launch after 22 years.

Tarrio’s actions and associations have led many to label him a traitor, in no small half because of his race and ethnicity seemingly defying the loyalty he’s displayed towards white supremacists and former President Donald Trump. He has been handed probably the most substantial jail sentence up to now out of all of the insurrectionists for his position within the occasions of that day. 

“The case of Enrique Tarrio demonstrates that white supremacy, colonialism and misogyny are inseparable phenomena,” @quitafor famous on X, the social media platform previously often known as Twitter. “He performed proxy for all of the three however is about to get sentenced like several common ole Black man.”

Satirically, regardless of being a key figurehead of the Proud Boys, Tarrio didn’t bodily make it to the Capitol on Jan. 6. He was arrested 48 hours earlier for unrelated illegal exercise at a Donald Trump occasion. Authorities found he was already conscious of an impending arrest warrant, due to a tip from a D.C. police lieutenant who has since confronted federal fees associated to the incident. 

Among the many contributors within the Jan. 6 assault, Tarrio’s co-defendant Ethan Nordean, the top of the Seattle chapter of the Proud Boys, and Stewart Rhodes, founding father of the Oath Keepers, acquired among the longest sentences up to now, each receiving 18-year phrases. Nordean’s sentencing happened Friday. Prosecutors argued that Tarrio strategically orchestrated his arrest to incite a response from his followers. 

Prosecutors emphasised that Tarrio’s absence from the Capitol on Jan. 6 mustn’t diminish the severity of his position, as he was thought-about a key orchestrator moderately than a mere participant. They described him as “clever, charming, inventive, and articulate,” highlighting his skill to draw and radicalize quite a few followers, promote political violence, and orchestrate charged conspiracies. In his case, in addition they advocated for a terrorism sentencing enhancement, asserting that his actions have been undeniably geared toward influencing the federal government. 

“To Tarrio, Jan. 6 was an act of revolution,” prosecutors acknowledged. 

In Tarrio’s protection, his authorized workforce sought a deviation from the sentencing pointers and submitted letters of help to the courtroom. Amongst these vouching for him was Tarrio’s cousin, a Miami police officer with 16 years of service. 

Previous to Tarrio addressing the courtroom, U.S. District Decide Timothy Kelly demurred, “I don’t see how [Tarrio] could be remorseful when he doesn’t acknowledge the crime for which he was convicted. His statements whereas the offense was mainly occurring have been fairly revealing about his mindset at the moment.” 

Tarrio tried to realize mercy by lastly admitting to the choose that, “What occurred on January 6 was a nationwide embarrassment.” He stated he didn’t count on Trump, his most popular candidate, to lose. 

Because the Jan. 6 Capitol assault, over 1,100 people have confronted fees regarding the occasions, with greater than 300 already serving sentences. New arrests proceed to happen recurrently, together with latest apprehensions of people concerned in breaching the Decrease West tunnel on the Capitol and one who filmed a TikTok video bragging about rioters “taking the White Home,” in keeping with the FBI. 

In the meantime, Trump, who awaits 4 felony trials encompassing 91 felony counts, is going through the potential for a jail time period exceeding 800 years. Additionally discovered chargeable for sexual assault in a civil lawsuit earlier this yr, the ex-president has not publicly expressed help for Tarrio.