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Ex-Proud Boys leader jailed for 22 years for Capitol riot involvement

(BBC News) The Proud Boys’ former leader has been jailed for 22 years for orchestrating the U.S. Capitol riot, the longest sentence so far for a ringleader of the raid on the seat of American democracy.

Enrique Tarrio was convicted of seditious conspiracy, a U.S. Civil War-era charge, and other counts in May.

Tarrio, 39, was not in Washington during the riot, but helped organize the far-right group’s involvement.

More than 1,100 people have been arrested on Capitol riot charges.

Before he learned his fate on Tuesday, an emotional Tarrio apologized to police and residents of Washington DC for his role in the January 6, 2021, riot, when supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed Congress as lawmakers certified Joe Biden’s election victory.

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