Oath Keepers member pleads guilty to sedition in US Capitol attack

William Todd Wilson of North Carolina is the third Oath Keepers defendant to plead guilty to charges of seditious conspiracy and obstruction

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia admitted Wednesday, May 4, to engaging in a seditious conspiracy during last year’s attack on the US Capitol, the latest in a series of legal victories for the Ministry of Justice.

William Todd Wilson of North Carolina pleaded guilty in a federal court hearing in Washington. He was the third defendant of the Oathkeepers to plead guilty to charges of seditious conspiracy and obstruction.

Separately, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered the release of Oath Keepers member Edward Vallejo pending trial in the case.

Several other defendants are still on track for trial later this year, including Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers.

An indictment against Rhodes and others unsealed in January is the only criminal case accusing participants of the January 6, 2021 attack of engaging in a seditious conspiracy, defined as an attempt to “overthrow, suppress or destroy by force the government of the United States”. .”

About 800 people have been charged with participating in the Capitol riot in which supporters of then-Republican President Donald Trump tried to prevent Congress from officially certifying his 2020 election defeat. facing Democrat Joe Biden, attacking police and sending lawmakers rushing for safety. Trump made false claims that he lost due to widespread voter fraud.

According to prosecutors, Rhodes had warned his group to prepare for a “bloody and desperate fight” in the days leading up to the storming of the Capitol.

About 250 defendants in the Capitol riot have so far pleaded guilty.

The Justice Department won convictions in the four Capitol riot cases that ended in jury trial. More recently, a jury convicted Thomas Webster on Monday, rejecting arguments that the former New York police officer was acting in self-defense when he hit a Washington police officer with a flag pole and tackled him. – Rappler.com

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