The Proud Boys member was sentenced to 6 years in prison for his role in the Capitol riot after a judge reprimanded him
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who stormed the U.S. Capitol with fellow members of the extremist group Proud Boys was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison after he berated and insulted the judge who punished him.
Mark Brough repeatedly interrupted Chief Justice James Bosberg before he handed down the ruling, calling him a “clown” and “fraud” who presides over a “kangaroo court.” The judge warned Brough that he could be thrown out of the courtroom if he continued to disrupt the proceedings.
“You can give me 100 years and I’ll do it again,” said Brough, who was handcuffed and handcuffed.
“That’s the definition of no remorse in my book,” the judge said.
Prosecutors described Brough as one of the least remorseful rioters who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. They say Brough planned an armed insurrection — the “January 6 2.0” attack — to take over the government in Portland, Oregon, several weeks later. After the deadly riots in Washington, D.C
“He wanted to repeat what happened on January 6, but implied that this time it would be more violent,” prosecutors said. He wrote in a lawsuit Before he was sentenced.
Bro was representing himself with an attorney at the ready. He gave an anti-government speech that seemed to be inspired by the Sovereign Citizens movement. At the beginning of the hearing, Brough demanded that the judge and prosecutor hand over their five-year financial records.
The judge gave him a 10-minute break to consult with his standby lawyer before resuming the session with more interruptions.
“I don’t accept any of your terms and conditions,” Prue said. “You are a clown, not a judge.”
The prosecution had warned the court that Berro intended to disrupt the sentence issued against him. On Tuesday, he called for an overnight vigil outside the prison where he and other rioters are being held. He told supporters of the arrested defendants on January 6 that he would “try to put on a good show” when he was sentenced.
Boasberg convicted Brough on seven charges, including two felonies, after hearing testimony at the non-jury trial in October.
Prosecutors recommended a prison sentence of seven years and three months for Brough, who resides in Washington state.
“It appears that Brough was envisioning and planning an actual armed rebellion, and from his comments after his conviction, it appears that he has become more radicalized and angrier since then,” they wrote.
Brough fled before his trial, skipping two court sessions and “defiantly bragged on Twitter that the government would have to come and arrest him if they wanted to.”
“About a month later, it happened,” prosecutors added.
Brough represented himself at his bench trial but did not present a defence. Instead, he repeatedly declared that he refused to “consent” to trial and “demonstrated nothing but contempt for the court and the government,” prosecutors wrote.
Breaux flew from Portland, Oregon, to Washington a day before then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally near the White House. Before Trump’s speech, he joined dozens of other Proud Boys in a march to the Capitol and was one of the first rioters to breach a restricted area near the Peace Circle.
Prue grabbed a barricade and pushed him toward the police officers. He later joined other rioters inside the Capitol and entered the Senate gallery, where he showed a hand gesture associated with the Proud Boys while taking selfies. He spent about 13 minutes inside the building.
Several weeks after the riot, Brough exchanged text messages with a friend about buying gas masks in bulk. He also sent a text message to a Proud Boys recruit and indicated he wanted to “replicate the violence and lawlessness of January 6 in Portland in order to take over local government,” prosecutors said.
“Indeed, those text messages indicate that the most important thing Brough has learned since January 6 is that he was not violent enough or dedicated enough to overthrow the government,” prosecutors wrote. “In other words, in the aftermath of January 6, Brough was planning an armed rebellion, and he felt no remorse.”
Brough was initially arrested by the FBI in March 2021 in Vancouver, Washington. After his pretrial release, Breaux was charged with separate drunken driving offenses in Idaho and Montana.
In July, Prue was secretly living in Montana when his car was hit by a drunk driver. Police officers who responded to the collision arrested Brough on a warrant for his failure to appear in court prior to trial. Prosecutors said he had “continued to spread misinformation” from prison since his rearrest and trial.
“He appears to have become more defiant and extreme,” they wrote.
More than 1,200 people have been charged with crimes related to the Capitol riot. About 900 of them pleaded guilty or were convicted after trial. More than 750 people have been sentenced, and nearly two-thirds of them received some prison time, according to Data collected by the Associated Press.