Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes

Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes sentenced to 18 years in prison

Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the far-right militia group Oath Keepers, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in the January 6th Capitol riot.

Rhodes was convicted on charges of conspiracy and obstructing an official proceeding. The sentencing decision comes as part of the ongoing legal repercussions faced by individuals involved in the attack on the US Capitol.

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Kelly Meggs, another prominent member of the Oath Keepers, also received a prison sentence of 11 years and three months for her participation in the riot. Meggs had pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and obstructing an official proceeding. The sentences handed down to Rhodes and Meggs reflect the severity with which the court views their actions, sending a strong message that those who engage in acts of violence and insurrection will be held accountable.

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Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes sentenced to 18 years in prison
FILE – Stewart Rhodes, founder of the citizen militia group known as the Oath Keepers, center, speaks during a rally outside the White House in Washington, on June 25, 2017. The seditious conspiracy case filed this week against members and associates of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group marked the boldest attempt so far by the government to prosecute those who attacked the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The sentencing of Rhodes and Meggs represents a significant milestone in the legal aftermath of the Capitol riot. It underscores the commitment of law enforcement and the justice system to pursue justice for those responsible for the attack on the heart of American democracy. As more cases are adjudicated and sentences are handed down, the consequences for those involved in the insurrection continue to unfold.