A Texas man who rioted at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and threatened the life of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was handed a lengthy prison sentence this Wednesday, NBC News reports.
When Garret Miller was arrested, he was wearing a shirt that said, “I was there, Washington, D.C., January 6, 2021.” Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 48 months in prison, but U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols settled on a sentence of 38 months with 36 months of supervised release.
After the riot, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “Impeach,” in reference to then-President Donald Trump, to which Miller replied, “assassinate AOC.”
Miller’s lawyer, Clint Broden, praised the judge for his “careful consideration of the case” and said the sentence was “significantly less than the sentence sought by the government” and that Miller has “expressed his sincere remorse.”
“It should be always be remembered that, although Garret is fully responsible for his individual actions that day, his actions and the actions of many others were a product of rhetoric from a cult leader that has yet to be brought to justice,” Broden said.
Miller pleaded guilty to 11 counts, including “assaulting, resisting or impeding” police during the riot, “interstate threat to injure or kidnap” for his threat against AOC and “entering or remaining in a restricted building.”
“Despite an otherwise law-abiding life, on January 6, 2021, Miller had no respect for the law. He went to the Capitol to take over the building, stop the certification, and terrorize both lawmakers and the law enforcement officers protecting them,” prosecutors said in their sentencing memo to the judge. “He threatened the life of a Congresswoman. And then he went home [and] bragged about his attack on the Capitol.”
In a letter to the judge, Miller apologized for his actions.
“It was unnecessary, barbaric, and disrespectful. I was proud, arrogant, and acted in anger. I needed to be humbled. My social media posts were disgusting and a complete embarrassment,” he wrote.