Former Proud Boys frontman Enrique Tarrio was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in the Washington Capitol Storm. It is the highest sentence imposed so far in the cases surrounding the storming of the US House of Representatives in January 2021.
Justice had requested a 33-year prison sentence against Tarrio, who acted as national president of the far-right organization.
Tarrio was found guilty in May of alleged seditious conspiracy. Although Tarrio was not in Washington at the time of the storm because the judge ordered him to stay out of town, prosecutors say he managed the storm from a distance.
Two days before the assault, Tarrio was arrested for burning a church's Black Lives Matters banner and unlawfully possessing ammunition. He was sentenced to five months in prison for this in August.
Tarrio is not the first prominent supporter of the far-right group to serve years in prison for the Capitol attack. Ethan Nordean, who led the march to Parliament, was jailed for 18 years. Joseph Biggs and Zachary Rehl were also convicted of seditious conspiracy and sentenced to prison terms of 17 and 15 years respectively.
Trump in court
The Capitol was stormed two years ago by Donald Trump supporters who disagreed with the election results. They hoped to prevent Congress from officially recording Joe Biden's election victory. The storm killed five people and injured 140 police officers
More than 1,100 people have been arrested in connection with this attack. More than six hundred of them have pleaded guilty. Over 100 people have been convicted so far.
Trump is also due in court due to the assault itself, in a case involving Special Prosecutor Jack Smith's investigation. The trial is scheduled for early March 2024, in the midst of the election campaign, and aims to sabotage the election results.
In addition, there is another lawsuit against Trump related to the presidential election, notably in the state of Georgia. There, he and eighteen other people are suspected of manipulating the election results.
The 18 co-defendants include Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, as well as officials from the US Department of Justice and the Georgia Republican Party. Last month, the former president had to officially report to prison in Atlanta.