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The storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump supporters in January 2021 was an attack that sent shockwaves around the world. It has been widely reported that the attack was largely perpetuated by the president’s rhetoric prior to the event, and now the leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, has been convicted for his role in facilitating the attack.
Tarrio had been arrested just days before subsequent riots taking place in Washington, D.C. on January 6, following the seizure of a stash of weapons from his vehicle. He was charged with possession of unlawful ammunition and destruction of property in a separate incident, and had also been spotted attending a pro-Trump rally leading up to the attack on the Capitol.
Tarrio ultimately plead guilty to one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and one count of making physical or economic damage to property of the United States. The latter charge was in reference to the damage to a painting of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi which he had allegedly taken part in.
In addition to the criminal charges stemming from the attack, Tarrio now faces a sentence of up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of up to $250,000. The Department of Justice described Tarrio as the “ringleader” of the attack, and he will be made to be held accountable for his participation in the incident.
It has been nearly five months since the attack took place, and this is one of the first convictions of a high-profile figure in association with the event. Tarrio’s sentencing is a step in the right direction regarding the criminal justice process in holding those responsible for the attack accountable for their actions. It is important that justice is served in order to ensure that such an attack never happens again