Jury convictsOath Keepers of Jan. 6 obstruction

Members of the anti-government Oath Keepers militia group are seen inside the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 (via DOJ court filing).

Four members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group have been convicted of plotting to block Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election results during the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Partial jury verdicts against Laura Steele, Connie Meggs, Williams Isaacs, Michael L. Greene, and elderly Ohio couple Sandra Ruth Parker and Bennie Alvin Parker were announced Monday after a four-week trial and five days of deliberation. Sandra Parker, Laura Steele, William Isaacs, and Connie Meggs—wife of convicted Oath Keepers Florida chapter leader Kelly Meggs—were convicted of all charges against them, including a slew of felonies and one trespassing misdemeanor.

Members of the group were among the hordes of Donald Trump supporters who, angry over Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral win, forced their way into the Capitol as Congress had begun certifying the election results. The pro-Trump mob had overwhelmed police, breaching the building by smashing windows and forcing doors open, as lawyers and Capitol staff either evacuated or sheltered in place for hours.

The six defendants were accused of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to prevent an officer from discharging any duties—all felonies—and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, a misdemeanor. The obstruction charge carries a potential 20-year prison sentence, as does the charge of conspiring to obstruct, while the conspiracy charge has a statutory maximum of six years. The trespassing charge carries a potential one-year sentence.

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