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Former Proud Boy Sentenced To 10 Years For Portland Violence

Patch logo Patch 12/10/2021 Dan Shalin
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PORTLAND, OR —Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Friday that Judge Heidi Moawad had sentenced Alan Swinney, a former member of the Proud Boys far-right extremist group, to 10 years in prison and three years post prison supervision.

In October, a 12-person jury had found the 51-year-old Swinney guilty on 11 criminal charges stemming from his role in protest violence in Portland during a two-day stretch in 2020.

Swinney, who is from Texas, was convicted of: assault in the second degree, assault in the fourth degree, attempted assault in the second degree, attempted assault in the fourth degree, two counts of unlawful use of mace in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon (paintball gun), and pointing a firearm at another.

During Swinney's six-day trial, Senior Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vazquez and Deputy District Attorney Reid Schweitzer presented evidence that Swinney used social media channels to amplify his white nationalist beliefs and threaten and incite politically-motivated violence.

The prosecution proved that Swinney's beliefs motivated him to commit the charged crimes and assault multiple victims.

According to the prosecution, Swinney caused a serious eye injury by shooting a man in the face with a paintball gun, discharged bear mace on multiple occasions to include spraying people directly in the face, aimed a loaded Ruger .357 magnum at a crowd of people and shot multiple people with paintballs during two separate violent politically motivated conflicts.

"There was only one terrorist in Portland on those days, and it was Alan Swinney," Vazquez had said in his closing arguments.

Swinney's defense team argued unsuccessfully that Swinney had arrived in Portland to show support for law enforcement.

At the sentencing, Vasquez called Swinney a "white nationalist vigilante cowboy," and he said Swinney had traveled to Oregon for the specific purpose of engaging in political violence.

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