Columbus, Ohio / 02.19.2021 23:31:18
Six other people linked to the group of far-right militiamen Oath Keepers (Defenders of the oath) were indicted on charges of having planned and coordinated between them the assault on the Capitol on January 6, authorities said.
The case against affiliates Oath Keepers is the largest conspiracy initiated to date by the United States Department of Justice. The six new people arrested this week are involved along with three others in conspiring to take over Congress to overturn the president’s victory. Joe Biden.
Authorities say the defendants prepared for weeks before the invasion, attended training sessions and recruited others.
They wore bulletproof vests and helmets, advanced in an organized manner toward the Capitol and exchanged communications during the assault, prosecutors said. Several defendants did a training in the style of infantrymen, ascending the steps of the Capitol with a hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them, according to authorities.
The new arrests include an Ohio couple, Sandra and Bennie Parker. The other accused persons are Graydon young, from Englewood, Florida; his sister Laura steelefrom Thomasville, North Carolina; Kelly meggs and his wife Connie, of Dunnellon, Florida.
Kelly Meggs, whom the authorities describe as the leader of Oath Keepers in Florida, he wrote in a Facebook post in December.
« Trump said there is going to be a revolt! There is going to be a revolt! He wants us to get rowdy, is what he’s saying. He summoned all of us to the Capitol and wants us to make a riot! ”According to court documents.
Later that month, authorities say Young contacted a company that trains in combat and the use of firearms to inquire about a class on rifles for four people, according to the indictment.
Bennie parker was in communication with a member of Oath Keepers that Jessica Watkins was arrested last month, before the trip to Washington, to analyze aspects such as the uniforms and equipment that they would bring on January 6, authorities indicated, noting that Sandra parker She entered the Capitol while her husband kept in touch from the outside.