Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was sentenced to 22 years in prison for seditious conspiracy for his role in the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. This is the longest sentence to date handed down in connection with the assault on the Capitol.

"What happened that day did not honor our Founders. It's the kind of thing they wrote the Constitution to prevent," said sentencing Judge Timothy Kelly who called Tarrio the ultimate leader of the conspiracy. "That day broke our previously unbroken tradition of peacefully transferring power," said the judge, adding that "it's going to take time and effort to fix it."

Judge Kelly said the fact that the Proud Boys leader was not at the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 "allowed Tarrio to attempt to 'insulate' himself." 

Days before Jan. 6, Tarrio was arrested and ordered to leave the city for possessing two high-capacity rifle magazines and setting fire to a Black Lives Matter banner stolen from a Washington, D.C. church. 

Prosecutors, who called Tarrio a "naturally charismatic …

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