January 6th News
Texas Man Sentenced to Over Three Years in Prison for Involvement in the Jan. 6 Insurrection
Updated: Feb 27
Garret Miller, Jan. 6 insurrectionist who called for AOC's assassination, receives more than three years in prison.
A man who participated in the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and made violent threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.
According to court documents, Garret Miller of Texas posted several threatening messages on social media, including one in which he called for Ocasio-Cortez to be assassinated. He also expressed a desire to "get a rope" to hang Vice President Mike Pence and called for the killing of a Capitol police officer.
Miller was arrested on January 20 and pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing an official proceeding, making threats, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
"According to court documents, on Jan. 6, 2021, Miller traveled to Washington, D.C. to stop Congress’ certification of the 2020 presidential election. He brought with him rope, a grappling hook, a mouth guard, and a bump cap – tools that he referred to as “riot gear” – and stated that he “looked forward” to fighting what he called the “soft” people that he might encounter in Washington, D.C. Miller was obsessed with the results of the 2020 presidential election and his belief that it had been stolen. Using social media, he had posted threats to multiple people, including Senator Charles Schumer, Mark Zuckerburg, and Jack Dorsey."
- United States Department of Justice
At his sentencing hearing on Monday, Miller apologized for his actions, saying he was "ashamed" of himself and that he had been "brainwashed" by former President Donald Trump and far-right conspiracy theories.
However, the judge noted that Miller had continued to express support for Trump and conspiracy theories even after his arrest and while awaiting sentencing.
Understand the Events on Jan. 6
Timeline: On Jan. 6, 2021, 64 days after Election Day 2020, a mob of supporters of President Donald J. Trump raided the Capitol. Here is a closer look at how the attack unfolded.
Lost Lives: A bipartisan Senate report found that at least 140 police officers were injured and 5 gave their lives in the deadly attack. Read the stories of the Capitol Police on January 6th.
Bipartisan Investigation: Over the last year, a Bipartisan Investigation, led by members from the Republican and Democratic Parties, held 9 House Committee hearings. Read and watch video and written summaries of all nine hearings.
As of now, close to 1,000 individuals have been arrested across almost every state in the United States for their involvement in the January 6 attack on the Capitol. Around 319 of these individuals have been charged for "assaulting or impeding law enforcement," according to a statement. Federal prosecutors are actively pursuing charges against these individuals, and investigations are still ongoing.
The attack resulted in the tragic deaths of five people, including a Capitol police officer. It also caused extensive damage to the Capitol building, as rioters broke windows, vandalized offices, and stole valuable items. The attack has been widely condemned as an assault on democracy and the rule of law.