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Far-right Proud Boys leader sentenced to 22 years in prison for Capitol attack

The former leader of her organization far right Proud BoysEnrique Tario, was sentenced yesterday Tuesday (5/9) to serve 22 years in prison, which is the heaviest sentence handed down so far for the attack on the federal Capitol on January 6, 2021, an unprecedented desecration of her temple American democracy.

Last week, four other members of the Proud Boys, who were convicted in May at the same time as Enrique Tario, were sentenced to 10 to 18 years in prison. The heaviest sentence to date – 18 years in prison – was given to Stuart Rhodes, founder of the paramilitary group Oath Keepers.

On January 6, 2021, some 200 members of the Proud Boys stormed the Capitol, the seat of the US Congress, to prevent the formal ratification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory over outgoing Republican President Donald Trump.

On that day, “our tradition of a peaceful transfer of power was broken,” Judge Timothy Kelly recalled once again.

Unlike his other four co-defendants, Enrique Tario, who the prosecution was asking for a 33-year sentence, was not in the US capital on the fateful day. But the judge ruled that “Mr. Tario was the principal leader of the conspiracy”.

The judge appeared unmoved by the defendant’s remorse, calling January 6 a “horrible day” and asking for leniency, as his sister, fiancee and mother had done in court earlier.

Prosecutor Conor Mulrow was asking the judge to give him a much heavier sentence than the other defendants in the case.

Mr. Kelly took into account the aggravating circumstances, the argument for the commission of “premeditated acts of terrorism” by the prosecutors, but imposed in all cases lower sentences than those requested, judging that the defendants “did not intend to kill”.

“More like a general than a soldier”

The defense argued that its principal had no responsibility for the events due to his absence from Washington.but the judge countered that this absence allowed him to “distance himself” from the attack on the Capitol.

Enrique Tario was in Baltimore, in the neighboring state of Maryland, because of a court order requiring him to leave the federal capital.

The order was part of the terms of his temporary release after two days in custody after he burned a “Black Lives Matter” banner belonging to a predominantly African-American Washington church during a protest in December.

His absence “doesn’t lessen the gravity of his actions, because he was more of a general than a soldier”the prosecutors ruled in their written arguments.

Defense attorney Najeeb Hassan instead asked for leniency for the 39-year-old Florida-raised son of Cuban immigrants, insisting that despite his prior conviction for selling stolen medical equipment, he had cooperated with federal authorities in trafficking cases drug and human trafficking.

He also pointed out that its principal was “incorrectly described as “white” in the documents”, as he has a multiracial origin, “has Afro-Cuban roots”, so it had to be recorded “that his race is “black””.

The identification with the theory of white supremacy of people labeled “Latinos” in ethno-racial terminology in American society is troubling, noted anthropologist Yarimar Bonilla in an article published in August in the New York Times, referring in particular to the cases of Enrique Tario as well as Mauricio Garcia — the Nazi-minded shooter of a Texas mall massacre in May.

He observed that many “Latinos” in the US have “Eurocentric references” to the rules governing “beauty, aesthetics and culture”, just like American white racists, who fixate on “their European heritage” and praise “the their Celtic culture”.

After the January 6, 2021 attack, over 1,100 people were arrested and prosecuted. More than half (630) have pleaded guilty and at least 110 have been sentenced, most to prison terms.

Five people, including a police officer, were killed in the riots and at least 140 other police officers were injured in the January 6 attack.. The Capitol suffered millions of dollars worth of damage.

Special counsel Jack Smith, who has been tasked with investigating the broader effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election, has prosecuted Republican nominee Donald Trump to seek re-election in 2024. – because he tried to cling to power.

Source: News Beast

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