Oath Keepers Founder Earns Historic 18-Year Sentence for Jan. 6 Conspiracy

Prosecutors stated that Rhodes, along with other Oath Keepers, premeditated the attack, using encrypted messages for coordination.

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FILE - Stewart Rhodes, founder of the citizen militia group known as the Oath Keepers, speaks during a rally outside the White House in Washington, on June 25, 2017. The Justice Department is seeking 25 years in prison for Rhodes, the Oath Keepers founder convicted of seditious conspiracy for what prosecutors described as a violent plot to keep President Joe Biden out of the White House, according to court papers filed Friday, May 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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In a landmark case, Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right group the Oath Keepers, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison on charges of seditious conspiracy tied to the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021.

Judge Amit Mehta, who presided over the case, emphasized that Rhodes’ sentence was a consequence of his actions and not his beliefs.

Prosecutors stated that Rhodes, along with other Oath Keepers, premeditated the attack, using encrypted messages for coordination.

Despite Rhodes’ defense that his group was not violent that day, he was portrayed by the prosecution as a persistent advocate for violent opposition to U.S. government authority.

The sentence serves as the harshest punishment to date for a Jan. 6 defendant.


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