Additional Oath Keepers sentenced for involvement in January 6th Capitol breach: ‘I was just another foolish person’

Additional Oath Keepers sentenced for involvement in January 6th Capitol breach: ‘I was just another foolish person’

  1. Several members of a far-right anti-government extremist group have been sentenced to federal prison following their connection to the January 6 Capitol attack. Recently, Jesssica Watkins, a US Army veteran, Kenneth Harrelson, and Thomas Caldwell, all Oath Keepers members, were sentenced to prison for charges related to the attack. Watkins received eight and a half years for charges of obstructing an official proceeding of Congress and conspiracy to obstruct, Harrelson was given four years for obstruction of an official proceeding, and Caldwell faces sentencing next week for obstruction of an official proceeding and tampering with documents or proceedings.

    Prosecutors argued that Watkins mobilised a group in Ohio alongside the Oath Keepers, and joined a mob in Washington DC in tactical gear to upend the results of the 2020 presidential election, fuelled by Donald Trump’s false narrative that the election was stolen and rigged against him. According to messages and recordings shared at trial, Watkins declared the group “stormed the Capitol” on a radio-like communication app on the day of the attack.

    More than 1,000 people have been arrested in connection with the January 6 attack, with 14 people, including the leader of the neo-fascist gang the Proud Boys and three of his lieutenants, having either been convicted by a jury or pleaded guilty on charges of seditious conspiracy in the aftermath of the riots. The 18-year prison sentence for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, who was convicted by a jury on a treason-related charge of seditious conspiracy after a nearly two-month trial last year, is currently the longest sentence related to the assault at the Capitol on January 6.

    US Attorney General Merrick Garland said the sentences against Rhodes and Meggs “reflect the grave threat the actions of these defendants posed to our democratic institutions.” He further stated, “The United States proved at trial that the Oath Keepers plotted for months to violently disrupt the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next. The Justice Department will continue to do everything in our power to hold accountable those criminally responsible for the January 6 attack on our democracy.”

Maxwell Thompson is a seasoned political correspondent who has covered elections, policies, and international relations for over a decade. With a degree in political science and a natural curiosity for global politics, Maxwell brings a unique perspective to his writing. In his downtime, he enjoys reading historical biographies and analyzing political trends.

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