The Proud Boys member who took selfies in the Senate gallery on January 6 was sentenced to 6 years in prison
A member of the extremist group Proud Boys who took selfies in the Senate gallery during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot and at one point told a judge he “would still do it again” was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison, according to federal police. Prosecutors said.
Mark Anthony Breaux, 44, of Vancouver, Washington, was also sentenced to 36 months of supervised release and ordered to pay a $7,946 fine and $2,000 in restitution. U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of ColumbiaHe said in a statement.
Prosecutors said Brough was convicted on Oct. 3 of two felonies, obstructing an official proceeding and civil disorder, along with five misdemeanors.
Prosecutors said that on January 6, Brough met with other members of the Proud Boys and was “intent on obstructing the certification of the Electoral College vote.”
Brough was among the first to violate a restricted perimeter on the west side of the Capitol grounds, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He also forced his way to the front of a mob on West Square and verbally harassed U.S. Capitol Police for about two hours, prosecutors said.
While officers were there trying to control the area, Brough became physical with them, prosecutors said.
“At some point, when police officers attempted to secure the area with bike barriers, Brough rushed to join a struggle between rioters and police,” prosecutors said. “Brough used his full body weight to press down on the bicycle barrier that police were trying to use to re-take a small area in West Plaza. Officers attempted to fend off Brough with pepper spray but were ultimately unsuccessful.”
When the police line broke, Prosecutors said, Brough made his way up the Capitol steps to the Upper West Terrace, where he joined others in the mob chanting: “Let’s get in!”
Inside the Capitol, Brough took less than 10 minutes to reach the Senate gallery, near the Senate chamber, which had been vacated about 20 minutes earlier, prosecutors said.
In the gallery, Breaux took selfies with the empty Senate chamber in the background. In one photo, he showed a hand sign associated with the Proud Boys, prosecutors said.
The FBI arrested Brough on March 30, 2021. Prosecutors said that while on pretrial release, he was arrested twice for allegedly driving under the influence, but failed to appear for scheduled court hearings in both cases.
On June 26 of last year, Brough also failed to appear at a scheduled pre-trial hearing in his federal case. Two days later, he posted screenshots on social media of a conversation he had about news reports that he failed to present at the federal hearing, according to prosecutors.
“Nice, I mailed my request to the prosecutor, I’m done entertaining their bull—-,” he wrote, prosecutors said.
Brough also failed to show up for his 2nd District Court hearing on June 30, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested on July 23. During that hearing, he told a federal judge, according to prosecutors, “You can give me 100 years and I’ll still do it again.”
Brough’s lawyer did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment on his sentence.
About 1,265 people, from nearly every state, have been charged with crimes related to the breach of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors said. About 440 people have been charged with assault or obstruction of law enforcement, prosecutors said.
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