The founder of the Proud Boys Hawaii chapter and a Texas man were sentenced Friday to four years in prison each for their part in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
Nicholas Ochs, 36, of Honolulu, and Nicholas DeCarlo, 32, of Fort Worth, Texas, threw smoke bombs at police, illegally entered the Capitol and filmed themselves smoking cigarettes at inside, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement. Friday.
The couple pleaded guilty in September to obstructing official process.
DeCarlo also wrote “Murder the Media” in a marker on the Capitol’s Chestnut-Gibson Memorial Door as Ochs recorded it, prosecutors said.
The phrase was what the two called an online channel they used to communicate, prosecutors said. DeCarlo is seen in daytime footage wearing a shirt and hat with the phrase, they said.
In their sentencing memo, prosecutors tried to convey the seriousness of the duo’s crime and said Ochs led rioters who were lost in the president’s office.
“These weren’t teenage pranks,” they wrote. “Ochs’ conduct was aimed at the police and Congress – and like the conduct of all the rioters that day, threatened democracy itself.”
Ochs was a second-generation U.S. Marine who was once stationed in Hawaii.
In a 2020 election for a seat in the Hawaii Legislative Assembly, Ochs lost to Adrian Tam, a 28-year-old son of gay Asian-American immigrants. Tam’s victory – with 63% of the vote – made him the first openly LGBTQ+ representative in the state chamber.
The defense for DeCarlo and Ochs asked for 18-month sentences.
DeCarlo’s defense team argued that he did not participate in the events of January 6 with “joy” and that he did not coordinate with other members of the far-right group Proud Boys . They said he quit Proud Boys in 2019, but was being treated as a member of the group – and therefore a bigger threat than him – by prosecutors.
Several members of the Proud Boys have been indicted on charges related to the attack on the Capitol. The FBI called the Proud Boys an “extremist group tied to white nationalism.”
Sentences for Ochs and DeCarlo include 3 years of supervised release, as well as restitution and special evaluation costs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ochs was also fined $5,000 and DeCarlo was fined $2,500.
More than 280 people prosecutors linked to the attack have been charged with assault or obstructing law enforcement, the U.S. attorney’s office said.