Protesters supporting US President Donald Trump storm the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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A Dallas-area man who joined a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier this month has been accused of threatening death in a social media post against Representative Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez.
Garret Miller, 34, of Richardson, Texas, was arrested earlier this week on multiple charges related to the Capitol Riot, according to a federal complaint.
Miller’s attorney, Clinton Broden, told CNBC the charges against his client were scaled to include a threat charge on Tuesday, a day before his arrest in Richardson. The fee hike came relatively soon after the initial complaint was filed in federal court in Washington, DC, Broden said.
Other costs include entering or staying in restricted buildings or grounds without legal authorization; violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds; obstruct or prevent all official proceedings and certain acts during civil unrest.
The threat charge against Miller is based on prosecutors’ claim that he threatened Rep. Ocasio Cortez, DN.Y., through state lines on social media. He carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Miller wrote “AOC Murder” in a Twitter message, according to the complaint. Miller also reportedly posted about his entrance to the Capitol building on his Instagram account and admitted that he “had a rope in [his] bag that day. “
Miller also threatened a Capitol Police officer who shot and killed a woman trying to break into the Capitol building during the riot. “We will get our hands on [the USCP officer] And tighten his neck with a beautiful rope[.]Miller said, according to the complaint.
“Mr. Miller regrets the actions he took in a misguided effort 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 very thoughtless political hyperbole in very divided times and will certainly not happen again in the future,” Broden continued. “He can’t wait to put it all behind him.”
Broden added that he didn’t believe there was any evidence Miller was planning to follow through on the threats.
Miller is scheduled to appear Monday for a detention hearing in federal court in Dallas. Prosecutors said they wanted him to be held pending trial, but Broden said he would argue for Miller’s parole pending trial in Washington.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the complaint detailing Miller allegedly bragging online about his role in the riot, writing in a tweet: “On the one hand, you have to laugh, and on the other hand, know that the reason why they were as cheeky as they thought they were going to be successful. “
Ocasio-Cortez once said that she fears for his life during the riot and members of Congress have been “nearly murdered”.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to the end of this day alive, and not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense,” the Democratic representative said in a live Instagram video on January. 12, without specifying the details.