Protesters supporting US President Donald Trump break into the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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A Dallas-area man who joined a violent mob that stormed the Capitol earlier this month has been accused of making a death threat in a social media post against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Garret Miller, 34, of Richardson, Texas, was arrested earlier this week on multiple charges related to the uprising at the Capitol, according to a federal complaint.
Miller’s attorney, Clinton Broden, told The Washington City Times that charges against his client were upgraded on Tuesday, a day before he was arrested in Richardson. The upgraded charge came relatively quickly after the initial complaint was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., Broden said.
The other costs include entering or staying in restricted buildings or areas without legal permission; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; hindering or obstructing official proceedings and certain acts during civil unrest.
The charges against Miller are based on prosecutors’ allegation that he told Rep. Ocasio Cortez, D-N.Y., Across state lines on social media has threatened. There is a maximum prison sentence of five years.
According to the complaint, Miller wrote “Assassinate AOC” in a Twitter message. Miller also reportedly posted on his Instagram account about entering the Capitol, admitting he ‘had a rope in it’ [his] bag on that day. “
Miller also threatened a Capitol Police officer who shot a woman during the riot who attempted to break through the Capitol. ‘We’re going to get it [the USCP officer] and hug his neck with a nice rope[.], Miller said according to the complaint.
“Mr. Miller deplores the actions he took in a misguided attempt to show his support for former President Trump,” Broden said. “He has the full support of his family and has always been a law-abiding citizen.”
“His comments on social media reflect a very ill-considered political exaggeration at very divided times and will certainly not be repeated in the future,” Broden continued. “He’s looking forward to putting all this behind him.”
Broden added that he does not believe there is evidence that Miller intended to carry out the threats.
Miller will appear before a detention hearing in Dallas federal court on Monday. Prosecutors have said they want him to be held pending trial, but Broden said he will plead for Miller’s parole pending trial in Washington.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the complaint in which Miller reportedly bragged online about his role in the riot, writing in a tweet: “ On the one hand, you have to laugh, and on the other, you know that’s why is because they thought they would succeed. “
Ocasio-Cortez has previously said she feared for her life during the riot and that members of Congress were “nearly killed.”
“I didn’t know if I would make it to the end of that day alive, and not just in a general sense, but in a very, very specific sense,” the Democratic representative said in an Instagram Live video on January. 12, without working out the details.