Justice Department is seeking 33 years in prison for former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio convicted of seditious conspiracy In one of the most serious cases reported on January 6, 2021, Attack on the US CapitolAccording to court documents filed on Thursday.
Tarrio, who once served as national chairman of the far-right extremist group, and three lieutenants were indicted by a Washington jury in May of conspiring to block the transfer of presidential power in hopes of keeping Republican Donald Trump in the White House. Was ordained. Lost the 2020 election.
Prosecutors are also seeking a 33-year sentence for one of Tarrio’s co-defendants, Joseph Biggs of Ormond Beach, Florida, a self-described Proud Boys organizer.
They are asking the judge to impose a 30-year prison sentence for Zachary Rehl, who was the president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia; Ethan Nordian of Auburn, Washington, who was the Proud Boys chapter president, was jailed for 27 years; and 20 years for Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola of Rochester, New York. Pezzola was acquitted of seditious conspiracy but convicted of other serious charges.
Tarrio of Miami and his co-defendants will be sentenced before US District Judge Timothy Kelly in a series of hearings beginning later this month in federal court in Washington.
this is the same courthouse where trump was pleaded not guilty The case, brought this month by special counsel Jack Smith, accused Republicans of illegally planning to destroy voters’ will and reverse their defeat against Democrat Joe Biden. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
Torrio, who was not involved in the January 6 riot, and three of his lieutenants were also indicted on two charges similar to Trump’s: obstructing Congressional certification of Biden’s victory, and conspiracy to obstruct Congress.
The Proud Boys would be the second group of far-right extremists to be convicted of seditious conspiracy in the January 6 attack. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was sentenced in May 18 years in prison, And other members of the anti-government militia group also received long prison sentences.
However, prosecutors those sentences are catchy, which were less than what the government expected. Prosecutors had asked US District Judge Amit Mehta to sentence Rhodes to 25 years in prison.
Tarrio was the top target of the largest Justice Department investigation in US history. He led the neo-fascist group – known for street battles with left-wing activists – when Trump infamously called the Proud Boys “Stand Back and Stand” during his first debate with Biden.
Tarrio was not in Washington on January 6, as he had been arrested two days earlier in a separate case and ordered out of the capital city. But prosecutors alleged that he organized and directed the attack by the Proud Boys, who stormed the Capitol that day.
During the months-long trial, prosecutors argued that the Proud Boys Seen myself as a foot soldier fighting for Trump As Republicans spread lies that the Democrats stole the election from them, and were prepared to go to war to keep their favorite leader in power.
Defense attorneys argued that there was no conspiracy nor planning to attack the Capitol, and tried to portray the Proud Boys as an unorganized drinking club whose members rioted for Trump. It was a spontaneous act inspired by the election anger of. Tarrio’s lawyers tried to argue that Trump was to blame for inciting the crowd outside the White House. fight like hell,