WASHINGTON (AP) — A person who stormed the U.S. Capitol with fellow Proud Boys extremist group members was sentenced on Wednesday to 6 years in jail after he berated and insulted the choose who punished him.
Marc Bru repeatedly interrupted Chief Choose James Boasberg earlier than he handed down the sentence, calling him a “clown” and a “fraud” presiding over a “kangaroo courtroom.” The choose warned Bru that he may very well be kicked out of the courtroom if he continued to disrupt the proceedings.
“You may give me 100 years and I would do it another time,” stated Bru, who was handcuffed and shackled.
“That is the definition of no regret in my ebook,” the choose stated.
Prosecutors described Bru as one of many least remorseful rioters who assaulted the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. They are saying Bru deliberate for an armed riot — a “January 6 2.0” assault — to take over the federal government in Portland, Oregon, a number of weeks after the lethal riot in Washington, D.C.
“He wished a repeat of January 6, solely he implied this time can be extra violent,” prosecutors wrote in a courtroom submitting forward of his sentencing.
Bru has been representing himself with an legal professional on standby. He has spewed anti-government rhetoric that seems to be impressed by the sovereign citizen motion. Firstly of the listening to, Bru demanded that the choose and a prosecutor flip over 5 years of their monetary information.
The choose gave him a 10-minute break to confer together with his standby lawyer earlier than the listening to resumed with extra interruptions.
“I do not settle for any of your phrases and circumstances,” Bru stated. “You are a clown and never a choose.”
Prosecutors had warned the courtroom that Bru supposed to disrupt his sentencing. On Tuesday, he known as in to a nightly vigil outdoors the jail the place he and different rioters are being held. He informed supporters of the detained Jan. 6 defendants that he would “attempt to placed on a superb present” at his sentencing.
Boasberg convicted Bru of seven expenses, together with two felonies, after listening to trial testimony with out a jury in October.
Prosecutors beneficial a jail sentence of seven years and three months for Bru, a resident of Washington state.
“Bru seems to have envisioned and been planning for a real armed riot, and from his post-conviction feedback, he seems solely to have turn out to be additional radicalized and offended since then,” they wrote.
Bru absconded earlier than his trial, skipped two courtroom hearings and “defiantly boasted through Twitter that the federal government must come get him if it wished him.”
“Roughly a month later, it did,” prosecutors added.
Bru represented himself at his bench trial however did not current a protection. As a substitute, he repeatedly proclaimed that he refused to “consent” to the trial and “confirmed nothing however contempt for the Courtroom and the federal government,” prosecutors wrote.
Bru flew from Portland, Oregon to Washington a day earlier than then-President Donald Trump’s “Cease the Steal” rally close to the White Home. Earlier than Trump’s speech, he joined dozens of different Proud Boys in marching to the Capitol and was one of many first rioters to breach a restricted space close to Peace Circle.
Bru grabbed a barricade and shoved it in opposition to cops. He later joined different rioters contained in the Capitol and entered the Senate gallery, the place he flashed a hand gesture related to the Proud Boys as he posed for selfie pictures. He spent roughly 13 minutes contained in the constructing.
A number of weeks after the riot, Bru exchanged textual content messages with a pal about shopping for gasoline masks in bulk. He additionally texted a Proud Boys recruit and indicated that he wished to “repeat the violence and lawlessness of January 6 in Portland to be able to take over the native authorities,” prosecutors stated.
“The truth is, these textual content messages point out that Bru’s chief takeaway from January 6 is that it was not violent sufficient or not sufficiently devoted to overthrowing the federal government,” prosecutors wrote. “In different phrases, within the aftermath of January 6, Bru was plotting an armed riot, not feeling remorseful.”
The FBI initially arrested Bru in March 2021 in Vancouver, Washington. After his pretrial launch, Bru was charged with separate drunken driving-related offenses in Idaho and Montana.
In July, Bru was secretly dwelling in Montana when a drunken driver hit his automobile. Law enforcement officials who responded to the collision arrested Bru on a warrant stemming from his failure to seem in courtroom earlier than trial. He has “continued to spew disinformation” from jail since his re-arrest and trial, prosecutors stated.
“If something, he seems to be rising extra defiant and radicalized,” they wrote.
Greater than 1,200 individuals have been charged with Capitol riot-related crimes. About 900 have pleaded responsible or been convicted after trials. Over 750 have been sentenced, with roughly two-thirds receiving some time period of imprisonment, in accordance with knowledge compiled by The Related Press.