A Washington, DC, jury found four people connected to the far-right group of militia, including three Oath Keepers members, guilty of agitational conspiracy this Monday due to involvement in the uprising on January 6th, 2021.
Oath Keepers Under Arrest Against Charges Of Seditious Scheming
The four men were Roberto Minuta, Edward Vallejo, Joseph Hackett, and David Moerschel who got charged with conspiring to thwart Joe Biden’s electoral college victory in 2021 certificating a scheme that resulted in the attack of the Capitol of the US.
The Department of Justice, which brought the unusual accusation against members from the far-right group of militia earlier last year, has won again with the convictions. The founder of Oath Keepers Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs, a commander from the gang in Florida, was one of the first members of the group who were found guilty in charges of seditious scheming during a 10-week trial this fall.
Although the date for the sentencing has not been set yet Judge Amit Mehta announced on Monday that all four Oath Keepers defendants from the case will be under house arrest up until their verdicts are known. All four members will be subject to restrictions on their use of the phone and the internet, and they are not allowed to keep guns in their homes.
The defendants, in this case, were Moerschel, an alleged member of the stack formation that prosecutors said acted as a “battering ram,” pushed through the mob and into the Capitol; Minuta, one of the Oath Keeper from New Jersey who the prosecutors described as one of Rhodes’ “most trusted”; Hackett, alleged recruitment for the Florida Oath Keeper who prosecutors thought to be as talented at hiding identity; and Vallejo, among those who were allegedly leading the force for armed and quick reaction.
Along with being proven guilty of conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of justice, and aiding with abetting, Minuta, Hackett, Moerschel, and Vallejo were also found guilty of conspiring to prevent a Congressman from carrying out their official duties. Hackett was also found responsible for altering records or proceedings.