Second Oath Keeper pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol riot : NPR


Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021. Brian Ulrich, a Georgian man affiliated with the Oath Keepers militia group, became the second Capitol rioter to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy for his actions leading and through the attack.

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Second Oath Keeper pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 Capitol riot : NPR

Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021. Brian Ulrich, a Georgian man affiliated with the Oath Keepers militia group, became the second Capitol rioter to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy for his actions leading and through the attack.

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A member of the far-right extremist group Oath Keepers has pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy and obstruction in connection with the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and has agreed to cooperate with the government.

Brian Ulrich pleaded guilty in a virtual hearing on Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The 44-year-old Guyton, Georgia man is the second oath-keeper to plead guilty to sedition charges in the high-profile case to emerge from the federal investigation into the Capitol riot.

Ulrich is one of 11 Oathkeepers, including the group’s founder, Stewart Rhodes, to be charged with seditious conspiracy and other crimes for allegedly conspiring to use force to prevent congressional certification. on January 6, of President Biden’s electoral victory.

Now, five months before the case is due to go to trial, prosecutors have secured the cooperation of two members of the alleged conspiracy to help build their case against the remaining defendants.

“Have you done this sir, do you agree with Mr Rhodes and have you developed a plan to stop the legal transfer of presidential power by January 20, 2021? Judge Amit Mehta asked during Friday’s hearing.

“Yes, Your Honor,” Ulrich replied.

At one point in the proceedings, Judge Mehta paused to explain the maximum sentences for each count and asked if Ulrich needed a moment.

“I’m fine,” Ulrich said.

“Are you sure?” Mehta asked.

“It’s not going to get any easier,” Ulrich replied.

Mehta said the estimated guideline range for Ulrich’s sentence is 63 to 78 months, or just over 5 to 7½ years.

According to the ticket, Ulrich joined an encrypted Oath Keepers chat group in late November 2020 in which members, including Ulrich, discussed a possible civil war if Biden were inaugurated.

Ulrich was then added to an encrypted Oath Keepers group chat titled “DC OP: Jan 6 21” which included Rhodes. Members used the chat to plan their trip to Washington, DC for Jan. 6. They also discussed what equipment to bring, including radios, helmets and weapons.

The same day, after the pro-Trump crowd broke through the gates of the Capitol and headed inside, Ulrich and several of his co-defendants jumped into golf carts and drove to the Capitol with tactical gear. and glasses.

Once there, they formed a pile-style military formation and fought their way up the steps and into the building. Ulrich left the Capitol after being hit with chemical spray by police officers trying to protect the compound.


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