Proud Boys Member Gets No Sympathy From Judge

Upon receiving his punishment, a member of the Proud Boys who had repeatedly interrupted his court proceedings did not receive any leniency. The judge imposed a six-year prison term on the guy for his involvement in the Capitol disturbance on January 6 and his intentions to lead a broader uprising in Portland, Oregon. In their endeavor to halt Biden’s confirmation as president in 2021, protesters stormed the Capitol Building and clashed with police. Prosecutors said the individual is among the guilty rioters who have displayed the least amount of contrition.

In October 2023, a jury found Marc Bru guilty of five misdemeanors and two felonies. Despite having a counsel available, the Proud Boy opted to represent himself during his trial. First, he demanded the five-year financial records of the judge and prosecutor as part of his defense. After Chief Judge James Boasberg granted Bru a brief recess to consult with his attorney, Bru slammed the judge, calling him a “clown.”

Bru caused multiple disruptions in the courtroom, prompting the judge to threaten to kick him out if he refused to stop. Much of the defendant’s contempt appeared to include rhetoric related to the sovereign citizen movement, an ideology that says the government doesn’t have any authority over individuals who divorce themselves from it.

The most recent sentencing for the Proud Boys’ involvement in the Capitol disturbance on January 6 includes Bru’s, among others. In September, Ethan Nordean, who was deemed a leader in the group, received an 18-year term. In the same month, Dominic Pezzola got a 10-year term, while Enrique Tarrio, who had been the leader of the Proud Boys, got a 22-year term. In September, two more notable figures—Zachary Rehl (15 years) and Joseph Biggs (17 years)—also received lengthy prison terms.

The incident on January 6 has led to the filing of accusations against more than 1,200 individuals, as reported by the Associated Press. More than three-quarters of the accused have already entered guilty pleas or received guilty verdicts.




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