The leader of the far-right-wing group Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, has been sentenced to more than five months of incarceration for burning a BLM banner. The banner was initially stolen from a Washington church, which was added to his charges while he was found with two high-capacity firearm magazines when arrested later.
The information was stated by the Department of Justice on Monday after the court handled the case. Tarrio pled guilty to a single count of attempted possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device in July, along with a single count of property vandalism. On Monday, Tarrio apologized for his actions, stating there was no excuse for his behavior.
Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio Sentenced To 5 Months On 2 Charges
Nevertheless, the Judge of the D.C. Superior Court, Harold Cushenberry, was definitely not convinced. In his statement, the Judge stated that Enrique Tarrio had intentionally, and proudly gone beyond the legal boundaries from peaceful protest and assembly to potentially violent and definitely dangerous conduct. It was evident from his actions that he couldn’t care less about the laws passed in the District of Columbia.
The charges against Enrique Tarrio stem from an incident that took place on the 12th of December, 2020 when a group of members from Proud Boys, including their leader, stole a banner from the Asbury United Methodist Church, submerged it in lighter fluid, and then lit it on fire. This followed a picture that Tarrio had posted of himself holding an unlit lighter next to a couple of lit lighters while admitting to burning the BLM banner on social media.
Enrique Tarrio was then arrested when he returned from Florida on the 4th of January, two days after the Capitol Riots. This time around, police found the two firearm magazines, which had the insignia of the far right-wing group.