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Four Oath Keepers convicted of seditious conspiracy for Jan. 6

FILE – Members of the Oath Keepers on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. A North Carolina man pleaded guilty on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, to conspiring with other members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group to forcefully halt the peaceful transfer of power after President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory. William Todd Wilson, 44, is the third Oath Keepers member to plead guilty to a seditious conspiracy charge stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Four Oath Keepers convicted of seditious conspiracy for Jan. 6

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Four men connected to the far-right Oath Keepers militia group were convicted of seditious conspiracy Monday for their roles in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in 2021.

The four men, Joseph Hackett, Roberto Minuta, David Moerschel, and Edward Vallejo, were also found guilty of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy to prevent a member of Congress from discharging their official duties.

Hackett was also found guilty of tampering with documents or proceedings.

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Prosecutors described Hackett as someone who is good at hiding his identity, according to CNN. But Minuta is described as one of Oath Keeper leader Stewart Rhodes’s “most trusted men.” Rhodes was found guilty of seditious conspiracy in November.

The verdict concluded a weekslong trial. It featured some of the most serious cases connected to the Jan. 6 riot when supporters of former President Donald Trump unlawfully flooded into the Capitol building to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election. The trial went to jury deliberation last week, and no sentencing date has been set so far.

All four men were placed on house arrest until sentencing following the guilty verdict. The men will not be allowed to have guns in their houses, and they will have limited access to phones and the internet, CNN reported.

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The verdict is the latest victory for the Justice Department. It has been working on cases connected to the riot for more than two years. Altogether, the department has handled nearly 1,000 cases connected to Jan. 6.

The department is currently trying a similar case against the former leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, and four of his associates. The trial against Tarrio opened earlier this month and is expected to last several weeks. All are being tried for seditious conspiracy.

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