Oath Keepers member Jessica Watkins has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for her role in the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol.
Oath Keeper gets eight years jail over US Capitol riots
A member of the Oath Keepers militia has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for her role in the January 6, 2021 assault on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump who tried to overturn his presidential election defeat.
Jessica Watkins was convicted in November by a federal jury in Washington DC of obstruction of an official proceeding for her role in the storming of the Capitol, in which rioters battled police, smashed windows and sent lawmakers running for their lives.
Watkins was also convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of officers during the riots.
US District Judge Amit Mehta on Friday said it was “particularly hard” to issue a sentence for Watkins after she testified during trial about the struggles she faced with her transgender identity and her co-operation with law enforcement officials during their investigation of her conduct on January 6.