Self-proclaimed Proud Boy Alan Swinney has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of 11 criminal charges.
Following a six-day trial in October, a jury Multnomah County jury found Swinney guilty of second-degree assault; fourth-degree assault; attempted second-degree assault; attempted fourth-degree assault; two counts of second-degree unlawful use of mace; unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm; two counts of unlawful use of a weapon (a paintball gun); and pointing a firearm at another.
Swinney, 50, committed all charged crimes in a two-day span in August 2020. According to court documents, Swinney moved to Oregon from Texas during 2020 and didn't have gainful employment or other ties to Portland.
He was arrested by Portland police on Sept. 30, 2020, weeks after an indictment was issued. Swinney was denied his motion for release after his bail was set at $534,000. He plead not guilty to all 12 charges against him.
According to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, the prosecution was able to prove Swinney assaulted several people and committed crimes based on his white nationalist beliefs. Swinney spread his beliefs through threats and incentivizing politically motivated violence on social media.
Officials said he shot a man's face with a paintball gun, leading to serious eye injury, and sprayed bear mace in multiple people's faces. Videos showed Swinney pointing a loaded Ruger .357 magnum at a crowd. No shots were fired.
Prosecutors alleged Swinney has shown a previous history of irresponsible gun ownership, such as "traveling to Oregon to organize substantial and purposefully violent rallies and events."
Senior Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez said Swinney was a "White nationalist vigilante cow-boy," while Swinney and his lawyer argued he was acting in self-defense against "agitators" who wouldn't stop harassing him.
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