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Published on April 21, 2024
Member of Proud Boys from Maryland Sentenced to Over 5 Years for Assault on Police During Capitol RiotSource: Tyler Merbler from USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A Maryland member of the Proud Boys was hit with a more than five-year prison sentence for his role in the Capitol riot, authorities said. On January 6, 2021, Scott Miller, a supposed leader of the Maryland chapter of the far-right group, violently clashed with police while the Congress was in session to confirm the 2020 election results.

The 37-year-old from Millersville, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to assaulting officers with a weapon, was sentenced to 66 months behind bars by U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, followed by three years of supervised release told a statement obtained by the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to court records, Miller geared up in orange ski goggles and dark apparel before driving his newly purchased truck to D.C. and partaking in the chaos that unfolded, particularly at an area known as the Lower West Terrace "Tunnel" where fierce confrontations between rioters and officers took place.

Moments of savagery were detailed as it was said, at approximately 4:27 p.m., Miller repeatedly struck an officer with a long wooden pole and then continued his assault by hurling various objects, including a metal pole and a large speaker, at the police defending the Capitol, Miller's aggressive stance did not relent as he later took a riot shield from officers after a physical tussle, handing it off to another rioter in the crowd.

Miller was apprehended on December 16, 2022, due to the combined efforts of the FBI's Washington Field Office and local law enforcement, which included the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police, with the FBI having previously placed him on a "Be on the Lookout" list.

The prosecution for this high-profile case fell under the purview of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, in collaboration with the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, also the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland provided significant support in the investigation and subsequent legal proceedings.