A Washington state man who took half within the Jan. 6 riot that shook the nation in 2021 has been sentenced to 6 years in jail.
Convicted of two federal costs and a number of misdemeanors for his involvement in storming the U.S. Capitol, the defiant insurrectionist, shackled throughout sentencing, boldly declared he would do it once more, even when he can be sentenced to a century behind bars.
Chief Decide James Boasberg was shocked as Proud Boy Marc Bru rudely interrupted him in the course of the Wednesday, Jan. 24 sentencing.
Going through the implications of his responsible verdict for 2 felonies and 5 misdemeanors, the nationalist confirmed little concern. Whereas standing earlier than the courtroom, he boldly referred to as the choose a “clown” and a “fraud.”
“You can provide me 100 years, and I’d do it another time,” Bru stated, The Related Press reported.
Boasberg responded, “As you sit right here right this moment, you say even if you happen to obtained 100 years, you’d do it another time. … That’s the definition of no regret in my guide.”
Ultimately, the choose was in a position to state that Bru was sentenced to 72 months in jail, lower than the 87 months advisable by the federal government’s attorneys, based on courtroom paperwork.
Moreover, Bru was mandated to reimburse $2,000 in restitution and pay over $7,900 in fines for monies he had collected via a GiveSendGo account associated to his case.
The prosecutors outlined all of the the explanation why he ought to have gotten extra time, saying, that out of all the rioters introduced earlier than the courtroom, Bru was one of many least remorseful. They additional famous that the rioter absconded shortly earlier than his July 2023 trial date, continued to make plans to overthrow the federal government, and inspired others to affix his mission.
Additionally they offered how Bru was part of one other planning cell to enact a “January 6 2.0” assault a month and a half after the Washington D.C. assault.
“Inside six weeks following the riot, Bru sought to purchase gasoline masks in bulk, recruited others, and made plans to guide a violent, armed riot to take over the federal government in Portland, Oregon,” courtroom paperwork revealed, including, “Bru was arrested on this case earlier than these plans might come to fruition.”
The prosecution additionally shared proof that included textual content messages that confirmed when Oregonian mirrored on Jan. 6, he stated that it was not violent sufficient and that folks have been “not sufficiently devoted to overthrowing the federal government.”
Bru was arrested in Vancouver, Washington, in March 2021 by the FBI however launched. He later was arrested twice after that in 2023, each occasions for driving underneath the affect.
The self-proclaimed patriot acquired a sentence shorter than the advisable seven years and three months from the State. Regardless of his conviction, prosecutors highlighted his recognition and affect, citing his current name on Jan. 23 for nightly vigils outdoors the detention facility the place he and fellow insurrectionists are held. Addressing his supporters, Bru vowed to “placed on a superb present” throughout his sentencing.
The prosecution stated that taking a look at his “post-conviction feedback, he seems solely to have grow to be additional radicalized and offended,” even being behind bars.
“The query about whether or not Mr. Bru will re-offend has to some extent already been answered by Mr. Bru himself, who has declared again and again that these legal guidelines don’t apply to him,” Assistant U.S. Lawyer Michael Gordon stated in his remarks, WUSA 9 reported.
Bru and his followers are believed to be mobilized throughout this presidential election, and Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington, believes he is aware of why. He took to the X platform to specific his issues and hoped to get individuals to pay nearer consideration to the upcoming vote— as a problem of nationwide security.
Marc Bru of Washington was sentenced to 6 years right this moment for rioting in opposition to democracy on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Trump pledged, if president, he would pardon individuals like this man. Bru stated he’d do it throughout if he had the prospect.
Nobody needs to be allowed to do that ever once more.
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) January 25, 2024
“Marc Bru of Washington was sentenced to 6 years right this moment for rioting in opposition to democracy on the Capitol on Jan. 6,” he tweeted.
“Trump pledged,” he continued, “If president, he would pardon individuals like this man. Bru stated he’d do it throughout if he had the prospect.”
“Nobody needs to be allowed to do that ever once more,” he ended his submit.