A second member of a group known as the Oath Keepers has pleaded guilty to involvement in the January 6 capitol riot.
Graydon Young, a 55-year-old Floridan, has agreed to work with prosecutors in the hopes of reducing a predicted six-year prison sentence. After a Washington judge dismissed four other federal charges, Young admitted to two charges including conspiracy and obstruction of Congress’ 2020 Presidential Election result confirmation. On the 6th, Young allegedly walked alongside the rioters in the Capitol’s East Rotunda entrance.
District Judge Amit P. Mehta clarified that Young’s four other dismissed charges and potential reduction in sentence time are to be granted upon his cooperation. The Oath Keepers have been identified as an anti-government, far-right group involved with the planning and execution of the January 6 riot.
On their website, the Keepers define themselves as a group of “current and formerly serving military, police, and first responders, who pledge to fulfill the oath all military and police take to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.’” Their arrests precede a full investigation into the incident, which Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi plans to organize a committee for.
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