Alabama man first convicted of seditious conspiracy in Capitol riot

An Alabama man, part of the Oath Keeper organization, was the first of the group to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy for his actions in participation in the January 6 riot at the Capitol regarding the certification of Joe Biden as president of the United States.

The man accepted a plea deal saying he would work with prosecutors to help build a case against his co-conspirators.

Joshua James, the 34-year-old U.S. Army veteran who pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy, also pleaded guilty to another charge of obstruction of an official proceeding.

James is expected to be sentence to up to nine years in prison following his actions in which he and other Oath Keepers rode golf carts to the Capitol, moved through the crowd in formation, and entered into the building.

James has since agreed to work with authorities who are still investigating the riot, which includes testifying before a grand jury, as part of his plea deal indicated that Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes had developed a plan to utilize “any means necessary…to stop the lawful transfer of presidential power.

As noted by the plea deal James signed, “In the weeks leading up to January 6, 2021, Rhodes instructed James and other coconspirators to be prepared, if called upon, to report to the White House grounds to secure the perimeter & use lethal force if necessary against anyone who tried to remove President Trump from the White House, including the National Guard.” 

Even though four other people in connection with the Oath Keepers have admitted to the charges of obstruction of Congress as well as a lesser conspiracy charge, James is the first of the 11 people associated with the group to plead guilty to a charge of seditious conspiracy.

So far, Rhodes, 56-years-old, and give other Oath Keepers have pleaded not guilty to seditious conspiracy and other charges dealing with the riot.




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