Enrique Tarrio and Joe Biggs, leaders of the Proud Boys, are facing up to 33 years in prison, seeked by the U.S. Justice Department.
They are convicted of seditious conspiracy in one of the biggest cases that has came from the Capitol riots on January 6th, 2021.
If the sentencing is imposed, it would be the longest punishment that is given under the large prosecution for the right-wing riot.
According to the Guardian, the Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, who was convicted of seditious conspiracy in a separate case, has received the longest sentences to date of 18 years.
The political invasion was backed up by Tarrio, who was the national chairman for the extremist group, that wanted to block the transfer of presidential power to Biden in order to keep Donald Trump in the White House after his loss of the 2020 election. Tarrio wasn't there himself at the riot, but he has become the top target along with Biggs for the largest justice department criminal investigation in the country's history.
Leading the neo-fascist group, Tarrio was in big involvement with hyping followers for the upcoming riot along with Trump telling the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” during his first election debate with Joe Biden of the Democrat Party. During this trial of many months, prosecutors had made the argument that the Proud Boys had seen their group as “foot soldiers fighting for Trump” with spreading intense misinformation about Democrats stealing votes from Republicans and that Trump was the leader to be kept for us all, affecting election workers across the country negatively.
“They unleashed a force on the Capitol that was calculated to exert their political will on elected officials by force and to undo the results of a democratic election,” prosecutors wrote in their filing on Thursday.
“The foot soldiers of the right aimed to keep their leader in power. They failed. They are not heroes; they are criminals.”
According to the Guardian, “They are asking the judge to impose a 30-year prison term for Zachary Rehl, who was president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia; 27 years in prison for Ethan Nordean of Auburn, Washington, who was a Proud Boys chapter president; and 20 years for Dominic Pezzola, a Proud Boys member from Rochester, New York.”
The defense says that there was no conspiracy to begin with and no planning from the Proud Boys to attack the Capitol.