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Proud Boy Who Rioted on January 6th Jailed for Six Years After Repeatedly Insulting Judge

You could say this member of the Proud Boys effed around and found out. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in storming the U.S. Capitol with fellow far-right extremist Proud Boys buddies. It probably didn’t help Marc Bru’s case that he repeatedly berated and insulted the judge who handed down his punishment, The Guardian reports.

Bru repeatedly interrupted Chief Judge James Boasberg before his sentence was handed down, by doing things like calling him a “clown” and a “fraud” who was presiding over a “kangaroo court.”

Bru seemed to be doing whatever he could to antagonize the judge. And it worked. Judge Boasberg warned him that he could wind up being kicked out of the courtroom if he continued to disrupt the proceedings.

“You can give me 100 years and I’d do it all over again,” a handcuffed and shackled Bru retorted.

“That’s the definition of no remorse in my book,” Boasberg replied.

Prosecutors have described Bru as one of the least remorseful rioters who attacked the Capitol on 6 January 2021, when he was one of hundreds of extremist supporters incited by Donald Trump to assault the Capitol to try and prevent the certification by Congress of Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

The surly mob chased lawmakers out of the Capitol, threatening their lives and law enforcement came under siege and were physically attacked. Biden’s win was certified in the early morning of January 7, 2021, when the Capitol was finally cleared. Biden was sworn in as president peacefully. When Trump left the White House he refused to attend Biden’s inauguration. Like many in the mob of his supporters who caused so much destruction in the Capitol, he has remained surly to this day.

Not satisfied with the damage he’d done on January 6, Bru was planning for another armed insurrection — a so-called “January 6 2.0 attack,” prosecutors say, where he planned to take over the government in Portland, Oregon, several weeks after the deadly riot in Washington, D.C.

“He wanted a repeat of January 6, only he implied this time would be more violent,” prosecutors wrote in a court filing ahead of his sentencing.

Bru has represented himself with an attorney on standby and all during the trial he’s spewed anti-government bile that seems to be inspired by the sovereign citizen movement. When the hearing began, Bru demanded that Boasberg and a prosecutor hand over five years of their financial records.

The judge allowed him a short break to confer with his standby lawyer but when the hearing resumed he remained obnoxious.

“I don’t accept any of your terms and conditions,” Bru said. “You’re a clown and not a judge.”

Prosecutors warned Bru intended to disrupt his sentencing. Tuesday he called in to a nightly vigil outside the jail where he and other rioters are being held. He told supporters he planned to “try to put on a good show,” during his sentencing.

Boasberg convicted Bru of seven charges. This included two felonies, after hearing trial testimony with no jury present in October.

Bru jetted from Portland, Oregon to Washington the day before Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally near the White House. He gathered with dozens of other Proud Boys before Trump’s speech, to march to the Capitol. He was among the first rioters to breach a restricted area. Bru grabbed a barricade and shoved it against police officers and even later joined other rioters inside the Capitol, entering the Senate gallery, where he flashed a hand gesture often associated with the Proud Boys as he posed for selfie photos. He was inside the Capitol for roughly 13 minutes.

More than 1,200 people have been charged with crimes associated with the Capitol riot.

I’m not sure if Bru is just ignorant or brave. Because his actions don’t really mean anything. He simply received a six-year sentence for his crimes. He’ll sit in prison forgotten while the rest of the world keeps turning. He really did f*ck around and find out.

Wonder if that will dawn on him?

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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity. She can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GaiaLibra and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/politicalsaurus


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