Proud Boys Member Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Capitol Riots Defiance

Washington, D.C. – A member of the Proud Boys, who took part in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, has been sentenced to six years in prison. During his sentencing, the defendant defiantly told the judge that he would do it all over again, even if given 100 years. Marc Bru, 44, was found guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding and civil disorder, as well as five misdemeanor charges. The judge noted his complete lack of remorse.

Prosecutors had sought a sentence of more than seven years for Bru, characterizing him as one of the least remorseful defendants involved in the January 6 events. Bru was among the first individuals to breach the restricted perimeter on the west side of the Capitol grounds. During the riot, he harassed Capitol police officers for hours. He actively obstructed their efforts to push back by grabbing a barricade and using his body weight to prevent its movement. Bru also entered the Capitol building and took several selfies.

Afterward, Bru attempted to organize a similar violent insurrection in Portland, Oregon. Prosecutors revealed in a court filing that he desired a repeat of the events on January 6 but with more violence. The FBI arrested Bru on March 30, 2021, and although granted pretrial release, he was arrested two more times for driving under the influence. He failed to appear in court for scheduled appearances, including a pretrial conference in June 26. In a social media post, he defiantly challenged authorities to come after him.

In addition to his prison sentence, Bru was ordered to pay a fine of $7,946 and $2,000 in restitution. Washington Governor Jay Inslee commented on Twitter, condemning Bru’s actions and referring to former President Trump’s promise to pardon individuals like him.

The attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, has resulted in charges against more than 1,265 individuals for their involvement in the events. The sentencing of Marc Bru underscores the seriousness with which the justice system is treating these offenses.

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