(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – In a controversial and partially split decision, four more associates of the Oath Keepers have been found guilty on serious charges stemming from their alleged actions during the January 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
On Monday, a Washington, DC jury convicted the four Oath Keepers of the most severe charges raised against them by Biden’s Justice Department, Newsmax reported.
The report notes that the partial ruling by the Washington jury “handed the U.S. Justice Department another trial victory” more than two years after the events at the U.S. Capitol.
NBC News reported that the judge overseeing the case ordered the jurors to continue deliberating on the main charges against two more Oath Keepers defendants.
While the four individuals – Sandra Parker, Laura Steele, Connie Meggs, and William Isaacs – were found guilty of “obstruction of an official proceeding,” another member of the group, Michael Greene, was found not guilty of the same charge.
Yet, the jury continued to debate whether he was guilty of aiding or abetting the obstruction of an official proceeding.
Another defendant, Bennie Parker, was found not guilty of aiding or abetting, but the jury was yet to determine whether he was guilty of “conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding.”
At the same time, all six defendants in the case were declared guilty of “entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.”
The NBC report notes that this could remain the only charge Parker and Greene may be convicted of.
The six defendants in question are the third group of Oath Keepers to be tried for participating in the January 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol.
Unlike the defendants in the first two trials, the third group did not face the more serious charge of “seditious conspiracy.”
It is noted that Parker, Steele, Meggs, and Isaacs allegedly penetrated the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, but Michael Greene and Bennie Parker did not.
The jurors started their deliberations on March 13. During the trial, Greene testified that they had been “like old men talking trash at the barbershop.”
In November 2022, five Oath Keepers were found guilty of “obstruction of an official proceeding” – founder Stewart Rhodes, Kelly Meggs, Jessica Watkins, Kenneth Harrelson, and Thomas Caldwell. In addition, two of them – Rhodes and Meggs – were found guilty of “seditious conspiracy.”
In January 2023, four more Oath Keepers – Roberto Minuta, Joseph Hackett, David Moerschel, and Edward Vallejo – were found guilty of “seditious conspiracy.”
In another trial, five members of the Proud Boys are also accused of “seditious conspiracy.”
The FBI has arrested over 1,000 people over the January 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol.
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