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April 13, 2023
The leader of the far-right group, the Proud Boys, was sentenced to five months in jail after admitting to burning the Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church in Washington during a pro-Trump rally in December.
NBC News reports that Henry Tarrio, known as Enrique to his followers, also plead guilty to attempting to possess a high-capacity gun magazine, which is illegal in Washington. Tarrio, 37, of Miami, was arrested on January 4th on a warrant that was connected to the said incident that took place on December 12th.
The Proud Boys and other groups were marching through the downtown area when the banner was stolen from Asbury United Methodist Church. Both of Tarrio’s charges were misdemeanors, punishable by up to six months in prison. However, federal prosecutors recommended a sentence of 90 days in jail, then 3 months of probation, and an order that bans him from Washington.
He showed no remorse for his actions, and openly bragged about it on social media. Prosecutors said his actions “had profound emotional and psychological effect upon the church and its members.” Tarrio told the judge Monday that he made a “grave mistake” and that he apologizes for his actions.
Prosecutors said that “he surely knew where he was and where the banner he burned – which had Asbury’s name printed on it – had come from.” Superior Court Judge Harold Cushenburg sentenced Tarrio to a total of 155 days in prison, and ordered him to surrender to the Washington, D.C. jail on September 6th.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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