For burning a Black Lives Matter flag taken from a historic Black church last year, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, was sentenced to more than 5 months in prison.
Tarrio was arrested in January after a warrant was issued for the December event in which he and other Proud Boys organized a pro-Trump protest in Washington, D.C., according to NBC News. Later, he admitted to torching a BLM banner from Asbury United Methodist Church, one of the city’s oldest Black congregations.
Tarrio also admitted to attempting to possess a high-capacity pistol magazine, which is illegal in the District of Columbia. Both accusations were misdemeanors that carried a maximum sentence of six months in prison.
Prosecutors wanted him to serve 90 days in prison and then three months on probation. They also requested the judge to issue an order prohibiting him from returning to the District of Columbia. His activities, according to prosecutors, “had a tremendous emotional and psychological effect on the church and its members.” They further claimed that Tarrio boasted on social media about burning the flag, saying, “I’m darn proud I did it!”
Tarrio’s sentence is set for Monday, according to Rev. Dr. Ianther Mills, a senior pastor at the church (Aug. 23). Tarrio’s actions were described by him as “an act of intimidation and racism,” and he claimed he used the incident as “a trophy on social media.”
On Monday, Tarrio apologized to the judge for his acts, claiming that he committed a “terrible error” by burning the flag. “Please accept my heartfelt apologies. He admitted, “I didn’t realize the ramifications of what I did.”
Tarrio, on the other hand, was sentenced to 155 days in prison by Superior Court Judge Harold Cushenberg, who found Tarrio “did not legitimately demonstrate true regret.” On September 6, he must submit to the Washington, D.C. jail.
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