STORY: The leader of the extreme right-wing militia “Oath Keepers”, Stewart Rhodes, has been convicted almost two years after the storming of the US Capitol. A grand jury found him guilty of “seditious conspiracy”. According to the US Department of Justice, a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison can be imposed. Rhodes’ sentence will be determined at a later date. Rhodes was accused, along with co-defendants, of plotting to use force to prevent the transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election. Among other things, they planned to travel to Washington on January 6, 2021 and organized weapons and equipment, it said. Several of the accused had entered the Capitol themselves, while others had taken care of the coordination from outside. Rhodes testified during the trial that he had no plans to attack the US Capitol. Supporters of then President Donald Trump stormed the Houses of Parliament in Washington on January 6, 2021 to prevent Democrat Joe Biden’s November 2020 election victory from being confirmed. Five people died as a result. Trump had previously incited his supporters in a speech.
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