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Proud Boy Gets 10-Year Term After Faking Overdose to Avoid Sentence

After going on the run and allegedly faking an overdose to avoid serving time for, among other charges, assaulting police at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Florida Proud Boy Chris Worrell was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison, Law and Crime reports. Worrell, 51, appeared before Senior U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington, D.C., for a bench trial last May. He was convicted of civil disorder, assaulting, resisting and impeding officers while using a dangerous weapon, obstruction of an official proceeding, physical violence in the Capitol and more. Lamberth also ordered Worrell to 36 months of supervised release, restitution of $2,000, and a $610 special assessment. Worrell was facing significant prison time even before his disappearance. Prosecutors had initially requested a sentence of 14 years, but Worrell asked for 12 to 18 months, seeking sympathy from the court for a health condition. Days before he was due to report for his sentence in August, Worrell disappeared.


In late September, after a national manhunt had been underway for weeks, Worrell was found trying to sneak back into his home in Naples, Florida. With his property surrounded, police said they found him unconscious inside with survivalist gear and $4,000 cash. Prosecutors told the judge that they learned he “had no intention of ever turning himself in” and that the Proud Boy admitted to faking a drug overdose prior to his arrest. In an email obtained by prosecutors Worrell was seen writing to someone identified as “B.S.” that the overdose wasn’t real. “Worrell has now admitted faking a drug overdose for strategic reasons,” a sentencing memo states. “And... some of Worrell’s claims as to his medical treatment or conditions have been unsubstantiated by, or directly refuted by, medical records from at least a half-dozen different medical providers.”

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