Stewart Rhodes, founder and leader of the far-right group Oath Keepers (Guardians of the Oath) has been found guilty this Tuesday by a Washington court of seditious conspiracy for his role in the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Kelly Meggs, also a member of the group, has also been found guilty of the same offence.
The specific sentences will be handed down by the judge, but they may become the most serious imposed for the insurrection against Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.
The 12-member jury has been deliberating for three days since the end of the trial and finally found Rhodes, 56, guilty.
The prosecution charged the leader of the Oath Keepers with the most serious charges for his actions during the January 6 assault, assuring that he was willing to take up arms to prevent the certification of Biden's victory.
The seditious conspiracy charge requires prosecutors to prove that at least two people agreed to use force to overthrow government authority or delay the execution of a US law and carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Rhodes was charged in addition to other charges.
Until now, the most serious sentence had been imposed on Thomas Webster, a former New York police officer, who was filmed attacking a police officer with a metal flagpole on the day of the assault on the Capitol.
He was found guilty of various crimes in May by a popular jury and in September he received the sentence: 10 years in jail.
A dozen other Oath Keepers associates were also charged with seditious conspiracy, the most serious charge filed by the Justice Department for the assault carried out by a mob of Donald Trump supporters.
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