Oath Keeper pleads guilty to seditious conspiracy, marking first such conviction in Capitol riot

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Joshua James, a member of the Oath Keepers, is among those charged in relation to the riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Joshua James, a co-defendant in a criminal case involving Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to charges of seditious conspiracy and obstruction related to the U.S. Capitol riot.

It marks the first person involved in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol to be convicted of the rarely used charge.

A guilty plea is potentially problematic for the 10 other co-defendants in the high-profile criminal case, who are accused of acting by force to prevent, hinder or delay laws related to the transfer of presidential power. Phoenix resident and political activist Edward Vallejo is among those charged.

As part of his plea, the 34-year-old James agreed to cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors, including testifying before grand jury and sitting for interviews. Prosecutors asked U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta to defer sentencing to ensure James cooperates to their satisfaction.


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