Six more linked to far-right Oath Keepers militia group charged in Capitol attack

Authorities say the defendants prepared for weeks ahead of the attack, attended training sessions and recruited others.

2/20/2021 8:44:00 PM

6 more people linked to the far-right Oath Keepers group have been indicted on charges that they planned and coordinated with one another in the attack on the US Capitol, authorities said Friday.

Authorities say the defendants prepared for weeks ahead of the attack, attended training sessions and recruited others.

The new arrests include an Ohio couple, Sandra and Bennie Parker. The others facing charges are: Graydon Young of Englewood, Florida; his sister, Laura Steele of Thomasville, North Carolina; Kelly Meggs and his wife Connie Meggs, of Dunnellon, Florida.

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Kelly Meggs, who authorities say is the leader of the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers, wrote in a Facebook message in December: “Trump said It’s gonna be wild!!!!!!! It’s gonna be wild!!!!!!! He wants us to make it WILD that’s what he’s saying. He called us all to the Capitol and wants us to make it wild!!!," according to court documents.

Later that month, authorities say Young reached out to a company that does firearms and combat training about a rifle class for four people, according to the indictment.Authorities say Bennie Parker was in contact with an Oath Keepers member who was arrested last month, Jessica Watkins, leading up to the trip to Washington, discussing things like the uniforms and gear they would bring on Jan. 6. Authorities say Sandra Parker entered the Capitol while her husband stayed in contact outside.

On Jan. 9, Watkins told Bennie Parker by text she thought the FBI was only interested in people “who destroyed things,” according to the complaint.“I’m sure they’re not on us see some pics but no militia,” Bennie Parker responded.Another man charged last month in the case, Thomas Caldwell, suggested getting a boat to ferry “heavy weapons” across the Potomac River, authorities have said. Caldwell's lawyer has called the indictment “imaginative.”

Messages seeking comment on the charges were sent Friday to lawyers for the defendants.To date, federal charges have been filed in more than 200 cases involving the attack by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump, including many with ties to far right groups like the Oath Keepers. Several members of the Proud Boys, a far-right, male-chauvinist extremist group that seized on the Trump administration’s policies, have also been charged with conspiracy and accused of working together during the siege.

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Yeah, but none of them have been linked to receiving payoff the way that your mother NBC paid an embedded left wing rioter. Johnsullivan Slowly but surely, those who participated in this act of violence, will get what’s coming to them. What’s the sentencing requirement on conspiracy? 20-30? OATH KEEPERS ➡️ROGER STONE➡️DONALD TRUMP

There should be thousands of arrests not a few hundred It’s a damn shame that AnTiFa was allowed to trick a bunch of dumbass window licking Trump supporters into storming the Capital. Lock these clowns up ... +++ ... People....police? Attorneys, doctors?... Seems like the BRAINWASHING will reach any level., and now, federal charges just for believing the crud donnie spewed from his neck... good luck with ALL THAT! lol

Are the gallows still erected?🤔 Their wives assuredly knew about their involvement. Haul them in for questioning. Resist Serious Q / if these guys are convicted, could Trump be reasonably prosecuted under RICO for ordering the action and enabling (by refusing to act to send in troops, etc. for hours)?

Lock these traitors up and throw away the key. GOPDomesticTerrorists Lock them up.