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Oath Keepers found guilty in Jan. 6 attack


Four members of the far-right Oath Keepers group were convicted Monday of seditious conspiracy for their roles in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that aimed to keep former President Donald Trump in power by force.

In a second major victory for prosecutor­s, a jury convicted the four extremists of plotting the violent storming of the Capitol.

The Washington jury deliberate­d for about 12 hours over three days before delivering their verdict on the rarely used charge, which carries up to 20 years in prison.

Joseph Hackett of Sarasota, Fla.; Roberto Minuta of Prosper, Texas; David Moerschel of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and Edward Vallejo of Phoenix, Ariz., were also convicted of two other conspiracy charges as well as obstructin­g an official proceeding.

The judge didn’t set a date for sentencing and denied prosecutor­s’ bid to lock up the men before the date, finding them not to be a risk of flight. They were ordered to remain in home detention with electronic monitoring.

It was one of the most serious cases brought so far in the Jan. 6 investigat­ion, which continues to grow two years after the riot. The Justice Department has charged nearly 1,000 people in the riot and the tally increases by the week.

Coincident­ally, a Jan. 6 rioter who gained infamy by propping his feet up on then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk during the melee was also convicted Monday of lesser charges.

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