Former Proud Boys Member Sentenced To 10 Years For Assaulting Protesters In Portland

A self-described member of the Proud Boys was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for injuring people and engaging in violence during two Portland protests held last summer.

Multnomah County Circuit Judge Heidi Moawad sentenced Alan Swinney, 51, to 10 years of incarceration and three years of supervised release, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt said in a press release.

In October, jurors found Swinney guilty of 11 out of 12 criminal charges, including several counts of assault, after prosecutors said he shot a man in the eye with a paintball gun, sprayed protestors with bear mace and pointed a loaded revolver at them.

Moawad, who handed down Friday’s sentence, said Swinney didn’t show remorse for his actions during his trial and sentencing, according to The Oregonian.

During sentencing, prosecutors called Swinney — a Texas resident — a “white nationalist vigilante cowboy” who traveled to Oregon to cause violence, and argued he used social media to boost white nationalist and violent messages, Schmidt said in a press release.

Swinney pleaded not guilty, and his attorneys argued during trial that he had acted in self-defense against “agitators.”

“This day has been a long time in coming,” Prosecutor Nathan Vasquez told the Oregonian. “He traveled around the country looking for a fight. He came to Portland because he knew he would get that fight.”

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