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Enrique Tarrio, 'savvy propagandist' for Proud Boys, set to be sentenced in Jan. 6 sedition case

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WASHINGTON — Enrique Tarrio, the former chairman of the far-right Proud Boys, will be sentenced Tuesday afternoon following his conviction on a seditious conspiracy charge in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.


Tarrio was one of four Proud Boys found guilty of seditious conspiracy in May. Federal prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 33 years in federal prison, although U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly sentenced Tarrio’s co-defendants to much lower terms than those sought by prosectors.


Last week, Joe Biggs was sentenced to 17 years; Zachary Rehl to 15 years; and Ethan Nordean to 18 years, tying with Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes for the longest sentence given to a Jan. 6 defendant so far. Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola, the fifth defendant in the seditious conspiracy trial, was found not guilty of the top charge of seditious conspiracy but found guilty on other charges; he was sentenced to 10 years.


Federal prosecutors called Tarrio a “naturally charismatic leader, a savvy propagandist, and the celebrity Chairman of the national Proud Boys organization.” Tarrio, they said, had “influence over countless subordinate members” that he used “to organize and execute the conspiracy to forcibly stop the peaceful democratic transfer of power.”