The founder of the Oath Keepers group has been sentenced to 18 years in jail over his role in the US Capitol riots.
Oath Keepers founder sentenced to 18 years over US Capitol riots
A US federal judge has sentenced the founder of the Oath Keepers militia Stewart Rhodes to 18 years in prison for seditious conspiracy and other crimes related to the US Capitol attack, after a defiant Rhodes stood before him and insisted he is a “political prisoner”.
“For decades, Mr Rhodes, it is clear you have wanted the democracy of this country to devolve into violence,” US District Judge Amit Mehta said.
“You are not a political prisoner, Mr Rhodes,” he said, adding that he believes Rhodes represents an “ongoing threat” to the country.
Rhodes, a former army paratrooper turned Yale-educated lawyer, was convicted in November by a federal court jury in Washington DC.