Boys behind bars
The legal cases against the people who stormed the US Capitol building on 6 January 2021 have been grinding their way through the courts, with more than 1,100 rioters charged so far. And yesterday saw the toughest sentence so far… Enrique Tarrio, the former leader of the Proud Boys, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in the unprecedented violence. The Proud Boys are a pro-fascism/pro-Trump militia central to the chaos on the day – and they weren’t the only group… The Oath Keepers were also in the thick of it, with their leader Stewart Rhodes recently sentenced to 18 years behind bars. Tarrio’s longer sentence reflects the Proud Boys’ pivotal role in breaching the barricades, assaulting police, and generally riling up the crowd. His sentence is expected to be the lengthiest of the 6 January prosecutions.
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