Ray Epps has been given a slap on the wrist for his involvement with the events at the US Capitol on January 6th, 2021. The average sentence for people convicted of the “insurrection” that day is three years. Enrique Tarrio, the alleged leader of the “Proud Boys,” received a 22-year sentence for conspiracy. Tarrio was not present at the Capitol on January 6th as federal agents picked him up the night before. Ray Epps is on camera speaking about going into the Capitol before the day in question and was filmed outside the premises on the event day.
Ray Epps was ultimately charged and convicted of a misdemeanor with no jail or prison time. He must pay a $500 fine, serve 100 hours of community service, and complete one year of probation. This sentence is viewed as a slap on the wrist by those who have been following the plight of other “J6ers” rotting away in prison for doing the same thing or less than what Ray Epps was captured on tape doing.
Much of the leftist mainstream media say that “conspiracy theorists” on the right use Ray Epps as a “boogeyman.” This is a strange argument, as anyone associated with rioting on January 6th is usually painted with a scarlet letter by this very same media. Now, with a charge and conviction, the media are saying that conservatives cannot use Ray Epps as a “scapegoat” or accuse him of being a federal agent or informant.
This is a ridiculous thing to say, as law enforcement was embedded in the crowd on that day, according to multiple sources. Enrique Tarrio himself is a documented federal informant. Although it is not clear if Tarrio was acting in this role at the time of his arrest, the fact that he was known to the feds and still received 22 years in prison debunks the argument about federal agents somehow not being able to receive prison time.
Ray Epps, a Jan. 6 defendant ‘scapegoated’ by far-right media, sentenced to probation
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Ray Epps, Target of Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theory, Is Sentenced to Probation – The New York Times
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