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Two Clark County men are among hundreds convicted in Jan. 6 riots

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: January 6, 2024, 6:01am

Two Clark County men were among the hundreds of people convicted in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Marc Anthony Bru, 44, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 24 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, court records show.

A federal judge found the Vancouver-based Proud Boy guilty in October of seven charges in connection with the insurrection: felony obstruction of an official proceeding and civil disorder, along with misdemeanor charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; entering and remaining in a gallery of Congress; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.

Prosecutors said Bru marched on the Capitol with other Proud Boys members. He trampled over downed barricades and entered the Capitol’s West Plaza before confronting police attempting to hold the crowd at bay.

When officers tried to use bicycle racks to hold the crowd back, Bru grabbed one and used his body weight to prevent officers from moving it. One officer tried to spray him with a chemical irritant, but Bru avoided it, the Department of Justice said.

Later, Bru entered the Capitol through an emergency exit, despite the blaring alarm, and made his way to the then-empty Senate chamber. He took celebratory photos there, according to a Department of Justice news release.

Jeffrey Grace, 64, of Battle Ground was sentenced in August to 75 days in federal prison for unlawfully entering the Capitol with the pro-Trump mob. He had pleaded guilty in April to entering and remaining in a restricted building or ground.

Prosecutors argued Grace was a “probate” member of the Proud Boys and was among the first wave of rioters to enter the Capitol. His son, Jeremy Grace, was sentenced to 21 days in prison for the same crime, court records show.

After the insurrection, prosecutors say Jeffrey Grace tried to profit from his participation by creating a YouTube channel and selling merchandise with phrases invoking the riot, according to court records.

They also said he lied to investigators when he said his son did not enter the Capitol and deleted evidence, including photos of them inside the Capitol, from his phone.