Oath Keepers: Four More Members Guilty of Sedition
Updated: Mar 20
Four Oath Keepers Found Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy in Washington D.C. Federal Court for Attempting to Overtun 2020 Election.
Members of the Oath Keepers extremist group stand on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6
On Monday, four members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia were found guilty of seditious conspiracy by a Washington, D.C. federal court. They were on trial for their actions in attempting to overturn the 2020 election results and keep former President Donald Trump in power. The defendants, Roberto Minuta, Joseph Hackett, David Moerschel, and Edward Vallejo, were also found guilty of two additional conspiracy charges. This verdict comes nearly two months after the group's leader, Stewart Rhodes, was convicted of the same offense in a separate trial, as well as Kelly Meggs, leaders of the group’s Florida chapter. Seditious conspiracy is a crime grounded in an attempt to overthrow the U.S. government. On January 6, 2021, Minuta, Hackett, and Moerschel were among those who breached the Capitol building, while Vallejo, who was stationed in Virginia with a hotel room stocked with rifles, offered to bring weapons into the city if needed.
Understand the Events on Jan. 6
Timeline: On Jan. 6, 2021, 64 days after Election Day 2020, a mob of supporters of President Donald J. Trump raided the Capitol. Here is a closer look at how the attack unfolded.
Lost Lives: A bipartisan Senate report found that at least 140 police officers were injured and 5 gave their lives in the deadly attack. Read the stories of the Capitol Police on January 6th.
Bipartisan Investigation: Over the last year, a Bipartisan Investigation, led by members from the Republican and Democratic Parties, held 9 House Committee hearings. Read and watch video and written summaries of all nine hearings.
The jury reached a decision after 15 hours of deliberation over the course of three days. It came amidst a number of other ongoing trials for activities related to the January 6 riot, including one for members of a separate far-right group, the Proud Boys, who were also involved in the mob outside the Capitol on January 6th. The seditious conspiracy decision came just hours after another jury found rioter, Richard Barnett, guilty on eight criminal charges including obstruction of an official proceeding and theft of government property.
All four defendants could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for the seditious conspiracy charges.