Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, former national chairman of the Proud Boys, was sentenced Tuesday to 22 years in prison over his role in organizing a large group for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the longest sentence of the hundreds handed out so far in connection with the attack.
Tarrio, who was not physically in Washington on Jan. 6, was convicted of a rare seditious conspiracy charge, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, destruction of government property, and three other related charges.
Tarrio was arrested and ordered to leave Washington a couple of days prior to the riot for burning a Black Lives Matter flag and carrying two large-capacity magazines, according to court filings.
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly spoke at length about his considerations in calculating Tarrio’s sentence, emphasizing what he said was the seriousness of seditious conspiracy, a charge established during the Civil War.
“Mr. Tarrio was the ultimate leader of that conspiracy. I don’t really think this is super debatable,” Kelly said.
Tarrio was “the ultimate person who organized, who was motivated by a revolutionary