A member of the far-right group Proud Boys has been sentenced to 10 years in prison followed by three years post-prison supervision, KGW8 reports.
Alan Swinney was found guilty by an Oregon jury on Oct. 11 on charges related to a protest in Portland last year after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. He was charged with multiple counts of assault, unlawful use of mace, unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, unlawful use of a paintball gun and pointing a firearm at another person.
Swinney injured a man’s eye by shooting him in the face with a paintball gun, sprayed people directly in the face with bear mace on multiple occasions and aimed a loaded Ruger .357 magnum at a crowd of people, [Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt’s] office said in a press release.
Prosecutors with the District Attorney’s office presented evidence that Swinney used social media to amplify his white nationalist beliefs and to threaten and incite politically motivated violence, and that his beliefs motivated him to commit the crimes, Schmidt’s office said in the press release.
Prosecutors initially asked for a sentence of 130 months in prison, declaring him to be a danger to the public because his social media posts and testimony showed that he “has no remorse for his actions, no desire to change and every intention of engaging in future acts of violence.”