2 more Oath Keepers are sentenced to prison terms for the Jan. 6 Capitol attack

Two Army veterans and members of the Oath Keepers have been sentenced to prison for their participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Sentencing details: U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta sentenced Jessica Watkins to eight years and six months behind bars, and Kenneth Harrelson received a four-year prison term.
* Both were convicted of charges related to obstructing Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
* Their sentences come a day after Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was handed an 18-year prison term.

The bigger context: The charges against the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys are among the most serious brought in the Justice Department’s massive investigation of the riot.
* Rhodes was the first Jan. 6 defendant convicted of seditious conspiracy to receive punishment for the plot to forcibly block the transfer of power from former President Donald Trump to Biden.

Impact on other cases: The Oath Keepers’ sentences this week could serve as a guide for prosecutors in a separate Jan. 6 case against leaders of the Proud Boys.
* Earlier this month, a jury convicted former Proud Boys national chairman Enrique Tarrio and three other group leaders of seditious conspiracy for another plot to keep Trump in the White House.

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