Proud Boy Leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio was sentenced to 155 days in jail and three years of probation on Monday for burning a stolen Black Lives Matter flag in December.
Tarrio was arrested on January 4, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The controversial ringleader was in the city for former President Donald Trump’s deadly ‘Stop The Steal’ rally. Tarrio was also in possession of two large-capacity magazines at the time of his arrest.
Prosecutors say Tarrio and other members of the Proud Boys removed the banner from the historically black Asbury United Methodist Church on 12 December and set it ablaze.
Tarrio pleaded guilty to the charges last month.
“Mr. Tarrio’s conduct in these criminal cases indicate none of these democratic values [he claims],” D.C. Superior Court Judge Harold Cushenberry said on Monday while talking about the Proud Boy leaders’ lack of “remorse and repeated criminal violations. “Instead, Mr. Tarrio’s actions betrayed them. Mr. Tarrio has clearly, intentionally and proudly crossed the line from peaceful protest into dangerous and potentially violent criminal conduct.”
Judge Cushenberry noted Tarrio’s “boastful social media posts on Parler” and suggested he had no respect for the law.
“The court ultimately agrees with the government that Mr. Tarrio has not credibly expressed remorse,” the Judge said. ”
“Mr. Tarrio didn’t care. That’s what I think,” Judge Cushenberry said. “He could not have cared less about the laws of the District of Columbia. He cared about himself and self-promotion. He didn’t care about our laws or anyone else’s laws.”
Tarrio will have to pay fines and restitution to Asbury United Methodist Church — the oldest Black Methodist Church in Washington D.C.
The thirty-nine-year-old told the Court that there was no excuse for what he did.
“That day, I made a grave mistake. A very, very bad mistake,” Tarrio said. “I’d like to profusely apologize for my actions. I heard the grief in her voice. What I did was wrong.”
Tarrio will report to jail on September 6 to begin his sentence.