Nicholas Ochs, the 36-year-old founder of Hawaii’s Proud Boys chapter, has just been sentenced to prison for his involvement in the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021, the Washington Examiner reports.
32-year-old Nicholas DeCarlo of Texas was also sentenced.
What did they do?
Both Ochs and DeCarlo attended then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally before heading over to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
According to the government, the two men arrived at the Capitol’s west entrance, where the men threw smoke bombs at the police officers who were guarding the area. After that, the two men climbed the Capitol stairs to the Upper West Terrace, and they entered the Capitol. They proceeded to tour the building, filming themselves at times along the way.
At one point, they stopped and used a marker to write the name of the social media channel “Murder the Media” on a door. At another point, the two men searched through a U.S. Capitol Police bag, where they found a set of plastic handcuffs.
After leaving the building, the two men filmed themselves again, saying, “We did it. Sorry, we couldn’t go live when we stormed the f****** U.S. Capitol and made Congress flee.”
The men subsequently tried to claim that they were journalists and that what they did was “journalism.”
Both men were subsequently arrested and charged with, among other things, obstructing a federal proceeding, specifically Congress’s certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In September, the two men pled guilty to the charges. They admitted to the above facts.
Fox News reported:
Federal guidelines for Ochs, 36, and DeCarlo, 32, call for sentences between about 3 1/2 years and four years behind bars, although the judge can decide to go above or below that. In exchange for pleading guilty, prosecutors agreed to dismiss several other charges against them. They are to be sentenced in December.
The two men were trying to get the court to go leniently on them by highlighting the fact that the two men didn’t do anything that was violent – they didn’t injure anyone.
But, the judge did anything but take it easy on them.
According to the Examiner, the two men have each been sentenced to four years in prison. And, on top of that, they each have been sentenced to 36 months of supervised release and each has to pay more than $2,800 in fines.
This further highlights the discrepancy between the way the government has prosecuted those involved in Jan. 6, 2021, and the way the government has failed to prosecute those involved in the riots that took place in the summer of 2020. There really do appear to be two separate, unequal systems of justice in the U.S.