25 mei 2023 om 19:32Update: 6 uur geleden
The founder of anti-government group Oath Keepers has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in storming the Capitol. Of all the rioters convicted of the January 2021 attack, Stewart Rhodes has received the highest sentence.
Rhodes, a lawyer and former army paratrooper, has been found guilty of, among other things, sedition. He led a conspiracy of more than twenty American citizens. They violently resisted the transfer of power after the presidential election in 2020 at the parliament building in Washington.
“Such a direct attack on our democracy and utter disregard for the rule of law justifies a hefty sentence,” the prosecutors said. They had demanded 25 years in prison.
Several members of the Oath Keepers have previously been convicted of plotting to prevent Joe Biden from being elected president. The same happened to members of the far-right organization Proud Boys.
The maximum sentence was 14 years in prison
Peter Schwartz was the rioter with the highest sentence until Thursday. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison earlier this month. During the riot, he threw a chair at police officers and attacked them with pepper spray. The 49-year-old man, who has a criminal past, was released on parole at the time. That played a role in determining the sentence.
In total, the US justice has charged more than 1,000 people for their role in the storming. More than 500 people have pleaded guilty. More than eighty rioters have already been convicted.
During the storming, 4 people were killed and 138 officers were injured. In the aftermath of the incident, four officers took their own lives.
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