The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Proud Boys leader gets 5 months in jail


The leader of the Proud Boys extremist group was sentenced to more than five months in jail on Monday for burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historic Black church in downtown Washington and bringing two high-capacity firearm magazines into the nation’s capital days shortly before the Jan. 6 riot.

Enrique Tarrio told the court he was “profusely” sorry for his actions, calling them a “grave mistake.”

“What I did was wrong,” Tarrio said during the hearing held via videoconfe­rence.

Tarrio was arrested as he arrived in Washington two days before thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump — including members of the Proud Boys — descended on the U.S. Capitol and disrupted the certificat­ion of the Electoral College vote. Tarrio was ordered to stay away from Washington, and law enforcemen­t later said Tarrio was picked up in part to help quell potential violence.

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