Headline RoundupSeptember 6th, 2023

Former Proud Boys Leader Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison Over Capitol Riot

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was sentenced to 22 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6, 2021 U.S. Capitol riot.

The Details: Tarrio was not at the Capitol on Jan. 6, but prosecutors argued that he organized and oversaw the riot. Prosecutors sought a 33-year sentence.

Key Quotes: Tarrio called the riot a "national embarrassment," apologized to first responders and lawmakers, and said "Inflicting harm or changing the results of the election was not my goal." Tarrio and others "saw themselves as Donald Trump’s army, fighting to keep their preferred leader in power no matter what the law or the courts had to say about it," said a prosecutor during the trial.

For Context: Three other Proud Boys were also convicted of seditious conspiracy over the riot, and were sentenced to between 15 and 18 years in jail.

How the Media Covered It: Left- and center-rated sources described the Proud Boys with phrases like "violent neo-fascist gang" and "militant far-right group." Conversely, right-rated outlets like Fox News (Right bias) and Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) offered no description of the group.

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