Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers organization, was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Meanwhile, the QAnon Shaman has just been released from his previous captivity. We have collected the aftermath of the capitol incident so far!
As Mandiner reported, the court found him guilty and sentenced him to eighteen years in prison Stewart Rhodes, one of the main defendants in the January 6, 2021 Capitol siege, the founder of the Oath Keepers organization. This is the longest sentence imposed in the case so far. Along with him, Kelly Meggs, the head of the group’s Florida organization, was sentenced to twelve years.
It has been more than two years since Donald Trump’s supporters gathered in Washington to protest the results of the 2020 presidential election and its disputed purity, then marched to the Capitol and stormed the congressional building. Since then, several others have been produced, convicted,
but many people are still in court.
Now, almost two and a half years later, we know this about the characters of the memorable event.
The demonstration with a tragic outcome claimed several lives
A total of five people lost their lives in the riots, including the best-known 35-year-old veteran of the US Air Force, Ashli Babbitt, who was also recorded on video.
as a policeman shoots at him as he tries to climb through a broken glass door.
The police officer Michael Byrd proceedings were initiated against him after the incident, but the court later acquitted him on the grounds that he was only fulfilling his duty. Former US President Donald Trump has since repeatedly voiced his opinion that the man is guilty. At the beginning of this year, he also sided with his party colleague, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, who stated in relation to the case that the police officer was only doing his duty.
In addition, police were charged with murder in the death of Officer Brian Sicknick, who was struck with a fire extinguisher and died of his injuries.
The other three victims were among the protesters.
the death of all of them was attributed to the “heat of the riots” by the police,
in their case, there was no suspicion of murder, they referred to a heart attack and drug addiction in connection with their death.
Justice catches up with everyone
Roughly 2,000 people took part in the siege of the Capitol, of which 1,003 had been charged by February 2023. Nearly five hundred of them pleaded guilty.
The first person was guitarist Jon Schaffer, founder of the band Iced Earth, to plead guilty and cooperate with prosecutors, the Justice Department said. Schaffer belonged to an organization called Oath Keepers, founded by Stewart Rhodes, whose members took an oath to protect the constitution, so to speak,
and they take action against any system they believe violates it.
Paul Hodgkins was the first to be sentenced to 8 months in prison and a $2,000 fine for entering the Capitol building and marching through the Senate chamber with a huge red Trump 2020 banner. The man admitted his guilt before the court and also that he regretted what he had done. He said he was carried away by the heat of the demonstration.
Although the prison sentence imposed on convicts is only sixty days on average, the “protagonists” of the event can be behind bars for even years.
As mentioned, the largest sentence to date was imposed on the recently convicted Stewen Rhodes with 18 years in prison, but Kelly Meggs 12 years is still an exceptionally long time.
Veteran New York City police officer Thomas Webster was given 10 years,
for physically abusing the police officers guarding the Capitol. Webster claimed self-defense, but the court rejected his appeal.
In addition to him, several others received prison sentences ranging from 40 to 90 months, including Jacob Anthony Chansley, popularly known as QAnon Shaman. The strange name comes from that the man
he wandered around the Capitol building in a shaman costume, face paint, horns and bearskin headdress.
He was originally sentenced to 41 months in prison, but was released just yesterday, May 25, 16 months before the end of his sentence.
However, the investigation into the capitol siege is far from over. The FBI is asking for the Americans’ help in identifying others who were present, which is not easy since people were able to move freely around the Capitol on the day of the siege.
After the attack, Donald Trump himself was brought up, who has since been accused of inciting his followers to violent resistance.
Opening image: Scene from the siege of the Capitol (Joseph Prezioso / AFP)