Former Proud Boys Leader Sentenced to 66 Months for Assaulting Officers in Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

Former Proud Boys leader Scott Miller sentenced to 66 months in prison for assaulting police during the January 6 Capitol attack, the harshest punishment handed down by the judge so far.

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Former Proud Boys Leader Sentenced to 66 Months for Assaulting Officers in Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

Former Proud Boys Leader Sentenced to 66 Months for Assaulting Officers in Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan sentenced Scott Miller, a former Maryland Proud Boys leader, to 66 months in prison on Thursday for attacking law enforcement officers during the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The sentence, which is equivalent to 5.5 years, marks the harshest punishment handed down by Chutkan to date in a case related to the Capitol riot.

Miller, 42, pleaded guilty in February to a felony charge of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers using a dangerous weapon. During the Capitol breach, Miller made his way to the Lower West Terrace "Tunnel" and hit a Metropolitan Police Department officer multiple times with a long wooden pole. He also threw various objects at the police, including a metal pipe or pole, a bottle, a short wooden stick, a large black speaker, and an article of clothing.

In her sentencing decision, Chutkan cited Miller's violent actions and extremist ideology as key factors. Prosecutors presented evidence of Miller's white supremacist beliefs and antisemitic views, which they argued influenced his decision to attack the Capitol. Notes found on Miller's cellphone indicated his alignment with these ideologies.

Why this matters: The sentencing of Scott Miller underscores the ongoing efforts to hold individuals accountable for their actions during the January 6 Capitol attack. As a former leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, Miller's case highlights the role of extremist ideologies in fueling the violence that unfolded that day.

During the sentencing hearing, Miller apologized for attacking the officers and claimed to be "reforming" himself. However, Chutkan expressed skepticism about his ability to transform quickly, given the extent of his violent ideology and the racist, antisemitic material found on his phone. "The extent of your violent ideology and the racist, antisemitic material stored on your phone leaves me questioning whether you are genuinely remorseful," Chutkan said.

Miller's prison sentence surpasses the previous longest sentence of 63 months that Chutkan imposed on a January 6 defendant. Prosecutors had recommended a prison term of five years and 11 months for Miller. The judge also ordered Miller to pay $2,000 in restitution and recommended that he serve his time at the federal correctional institution in Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.

The investigation into the Capitol breach remains ongoing, with over 1,387 individuals charged from nearly all 50 states. More than 493 defendants have been charged with attacking or impeding law enforcement officers during the riot. Miller's sentencing serves as a significant example of the consequences faced by those who engaged in violence against police during the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Key Takeaways

  • Scott Miller, a former Proud Boys leader, sentenced to 66 months in prison for attacking police on Jan 6.
  • Miller pleaded guilty to assaulting officers with a wooden pole and throwing objects during the Capitol breach.
  • Judge cited Miller's violent ideology and racist, antisemitic views as factors in the harsh sentencing.
  • Miller's sentence is the longest handed down by the judge in a Capitol riot case to date.
  • Over 1,387 individuals charged in the Capitol attack, with more than 493 accused of attacking police.