Maryland Man Who Wore Confederate Flag, Attacked Cops at Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Pleads Guilty

A Maryland man who wore a Confederate flag during the Jan. 6 Capitol pleaded guilty on Feb. 9 as part of a plea deal.

Matthew Ryan Miller, 23, pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to felony charges of obstruction of an official proceeding and assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers.

According to the statement of offense, Miller threw “an unidentifiable object” at the Capitol building, scaled the wall of the building and helped others, waved and organized other rioters in pushing towards a tunnel entrance, threw unidentifiable objects at officers, and sprayed a fire extinguisher directly into a tunnel where officers were stationed.

When Judge Randolph Moss asked Miller if he did everything alleged in the court document, he said, “That is accurate, your honor.”

As part of the plea deal, the government will dismiss other counts of his indictment at sentencing and drop the allegation that he used a deadly or dangerous weapon to assault police.

Miller will be sentenced on May 23, according to the Justice Department. He faces up to 20 years in prison for obstruction of an official proceeding and up to eight years for assaulting law enforcement. Both charges also carry potential fines.

Authorities arrested Miller on Jan. 25, 2021.


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