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Jan. 6 Proud Boys member sentenced

Proud Boys organizer Joseph Randall Biggs. (Sam Thomas/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
July 16, 2023

A Florida Proud Boys member was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for leading a charge into a police line on Jan. 6, 2021.

In February, Daniel Lyons Scott, age 30, pleaded guilty to charges of obstructing the confirmation of the 2020 presidential election and assaulting officers. According to The Washington Post, the Florida Proud Boys member was recorded shouting, “Let’s take the f—ing Capitol!” just prior to the riot on Capitol Hill. Scott also was documented leading a charge through a critical line of police officers during the riot.

Nicknamed “Milkshake,” Scott reportedly “bulldozed two officers” that were guarding a stairway which led up from the lower West Terrace. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexis Loeb claimed that Scott’s actions enabled a mob of Proud Boys members to “open up the whole west side of the Capitol” and access a level with exterior windows and doors which were subsequently used to break into the Capitol building.

“Scott is one of the few rioters whose conduct can be fairly characterized as potentially a but-for cause of the actual breach of the U.S. Capitol building,” Loeb said, adding that his actions were “pivotal” to the deadly riot.

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Addressing the court, Scott acknowledged his part in the Capitol Riot, “Obviously, I made a mistake. The best that I can say is I regret what happened on January 6, and I’ll have to live with it the rest of my life. People died, got concussions, and police officers up there just doing their jobs got hurt.”

While U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth claimed Scott appeared to be genuine and recognized his attorney’s request for leniency due to the difficulties surrounding Scott’s wife’s health issues, he noted that Scott’s actions “affected the whole country” on Jan. 6.

“Our society can’t endure without people knowing that courts and officials are going to do the right thing, that courts are going to enforce the law, and that they are not going to allow a repeat of this,” Lamberth stated.

According to The Washington Post, Scott is one of roughly 20 individuals the U.S. government has designated as “tools” of the Proud Boys organization during the Jan. 6 riot.