In a sentencing memorandum, prosecutors argued that letters, social media statements and testimony from Mr. Swinney confirmed that he had “no remorse for his actions, no desire to change and every intention of engaging in future acts of violence.”
“During the trial, he quickly labeled all of the people that opposed him as terrorists, he expressed joy for those that were hurt, bragged about his actions, and strongly asserted that he would do it all over again if given the chance,” prosecutors wrote.
Prosecutors included within the memorandum a letter that Mr. Swinney had written to Derek Chauvin, the previous Minneapolis police officer who was sentenced in June to 22 and a half years in jail for murdering Mr. Floyd by kneeling on his neck for greater than 9 minutes as he pleaded for air.
“Our country has too many George Floyds in it,” Mr. Swinney wrote. “It’s time to clean house.”
Prosecutors mentioned that Mr. Swinney had known as himself a “patriot” and that he was a self-professed member of the Proud Boys, the far-right group infamous for participating in brawls.
The group has come under scrutiny as federal brokers attempt to decide to what extent its leaders deliberate the assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6, when a mob of Trump supporters quickly disrupted the certification of the presidential election outcomes.
In August, the group’s chief, Enrique Tarrio, was sentenced to 5 months in jail for possessing high-capacity rifle magazines a couple of days earlier than the siege and for burning a stolen Black Lives Matter banner in Washington, D.C., after a Trump rally descended into violence in December 2020.