Oath Keeper Is 1st Suspect To Plead Guilty In Capitol Riot

FILE - In this Jan. 6. 2021, file photo, people storm the Capitol in Washington. {AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(AP) — A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group has become the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Jon Ryan Schaffer is also a heavy metal guitarist in the band Iced Earth.

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said Friday he has agreed to cooperate with investigators in hopes of getting a lighter sentence, and the Justice Department will consider putting Schaffer in the federal witness security program. This signals that federal prosecutors see him as a valuable cooperator as they continue to investigate the militia groups and other extremists involved in the insurrection on Jan. 6.


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