Ex-Proud Boys leader guilty of US Capital sedition plot
Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has been convicted of orchestrating a plot for members of his group to attack the US Capitol in a bid to keep Donald Trump in power after the Republican lost the 2020 presidential election.
A jury in Washington DC found Tarrio guilty of seditious conspiracy after hearing from dozens of witnesses over more than three months in one of the most serious cases brought in the attack that unfolded on January 6, 2021.
It is a significant milestone for the US Justice Department, which has now secured seditious conspiracy convictions against the leaders of two major extremist groups prosecutors say were intent on keeping Democrat Joe Biden out of the White House at all costs.
The charge carries a possible prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Tarrio was a top target of what has become the largest Justice Department investigation in US history.
He led the group, known for street fights with progressive activists, when Trump told the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by" during his first debate with Biden.
Tarrio was not in Washington DC on January 6 but prosecutors said he organised and directed the attack by Proud Boys members who stormed the Capitol.
Defence lawyers said there was no plan to attack the Capitol or stop Congress' certification of Biden's win.
A lawyer for Tarrio sought to push the blame onto Trump, arguing the former president incited the pro-Trump mob's attack when he urged the crowd near the White House to "fight like hell".
Tarrio, a Miami resident, was charged and tried with four other Proud Boys: Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola.