Mar 20, 2023 4:43 PM CDT
Four people associated with the Oath Keepers were convicted on Monday of conspiracy and obstruction charges stemming from the attack on the US Capitol. In the latest trial involving members of the far-right antigovernment extremist group, a Washington, DC jury found Sandra Parker, Laura Steele, William Isaacs, and Connie Meggs guilty of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and other felony charges, the AP reports. In a rare loss for prosecutors, Sandra Parker's husband, Bennie Parker, was acquitted of obstruction as well as one conspiracy charge, and a sixth defendant, Michael Greene, was acquitted of two conspiracy charges. Authorities alleged Oath Keepers prepared for weeks leading up to Jan. 6, attended training sessions, and recruited others to come to Washington.
Feb 20, 2021 5:30 AM CST
Six more people linked to the far-right Oath Keepers militia group have been indicted on charges that they planned and coordinated with one another in the attack on the US Capitol, authorities said Friday. The case against those affiliated with the Oath Keepers is the largest conspiracy case brought by the Justice Department so far in the Jan. 6 insurrection. The six new people arrested this week are indicted alongside three others who were charged last month with plotting to undo President Biden's victory. The new arrests include an Ohio couple, Sandra and Bennie Parker. The others facing charges are: Graydon Young of Englewood, Fla.; his sister, Laura Steele of Thomasville, NC; and Kelly Meggs and his wife, Connie Meggs, of Dunnellon, Fla., per the AP.
Authorities say the defendants prepared for weeks before the attack, attended training sessions, and recruited others. They donned tactical vests and helmets, moved in an organized fashion as they advanced on the Capitol, and communicated with one another during the siege, prosecutors say. Several defendants formed a "stack" formation used by military infantrymen, marching the Capitol steps with their hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them, authorities say.
They note Bennie Parker was in contact with an Oath Keepers member arrested last month, Jessica Watkins, leading up to the trip to DC, discussing things like uniforms and gear they'd bring. Kelly Meggs, who authorities say is the leader of the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers, wrote in a Facebook message in December, per court documents: "Trump said it's gonna be wild!!!!!!! ... He wants us to make it WILD that's what he's saying. He called us all to the Capitol and wants us to make it wild!!!" (Read more Oath Keepers stories.)