oath keepers defendant Jessica Watkins A veteran from Ohio who founded a militia in the area was sentenced Friday to eight and a half years in prison for his role in the incident. January 6, 2021, Capitol Raid.
Last year, a jury convicted Watkins of a number of felonies, including obstruction of parliament and interfering with policing, but after admitting to many of his actions during the riot and disputing sedition in the plinth, he was convicted of most of the crimes. He was acquitted of a high-level sedition conspiracy charge.
In court today, in a prewritten and emotionally graphic reflection, Watkins told Judge Amit Mehta: Stewart Rose sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday In response to the inflammatory conspiracy, she said she regretted her actions on January 6th.
“My actions and actions on that fateful day were wrong and, as I now understand, criminal,” Watkins said tearfully, later calling her actions “embarrassing”.
Watkins called himself “another idiot” for being a member of the mob inside the Capitol when he testified at the trial, alluding to his testimony on Friday.
“There is no justification for interfering with officers in the hallway,” Watkins said. “My actions there are reprehensible… Today you will hold this fool accountable. My actions added to the cumulative problem of January 6th. I I asked them not to be tried for false beliefs…or crimes.” The prosecution wished I had committed the crime. ”
She specifically apologized to the police officers she interfered with, saying, “Your Excellency, I’m so sorry for what I did that day. I let you do it today and I’m sorry for the people I hurt.”
Watkins was accused of mobilizing a group of Orth Keepers to travel to Washington, D.C. to support then-President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Prosecutors also said Watkins was gathering weapons outside Washington prior to the Jan. 6, 2021 attacks to bring them to the Capitol.
Prosecutors said she donned armor and tactical equipment and made her way to the Capitol from Mr. Trump’s rally at Ellipse. She later admitted to forming a military-style formation to break through the building, obstructing law enforcement, and encouraging other members of the mob to advance before the police, according to the government.
At the trial, the government told jurors that Watkins had discussed plans to head to the capital on Jan. 6 and declared that the group had “raided the Capitol” during an attack via a radio-like digital communication app. Presented the messages and recordings to the jury.
Watkins, who is transgender, said he withdrew from military service last year after his identity was revealed. She said she fled to Alaska after being accused of being in the military by her roommates because her family didn’t accept her.
At her verdict on Friday, her attorney Jonas Crisp said trauma and rejection fueled her convictions and vulnerability to participate in the infamous riots. Ms Crisp said the client sought to tap into many of her beliefs, including her anger at the trans community, that drove her action on Jan. 6.
Asked what Judge Mehta thought of her “pretty compelling story,” the prosecution said: “We sympathize with Ms. Watkins, but her actions are unacceptable. answered.
According to prosecutors, during the attack, “she put herself out there, recruited others, and put in extra effort with her words” and made “strategic” decisions once inside the Capitol.
The government said after the riots that Watkins blamed law enforcement for the violations and never took responsibility for his actions. “Her indignation is a warning,” they said.
Mr. Mehta said, “Your role in that incident goes beyond that of a mere infantryman. defendant and said he participated in her recruitment efforts.
“You have guided others to your end…and there was no feeling of shame or remorse in the immediate aftermath. Just the opposite. Your comment is celebratory and It lacked the true meaning of the gravity of the day and of my role in it,” the judge said, “the ruling should reflect the gravity of that role.”
When Mehta handed down the 102-month prison sentence, he said he believed Watkins was the first to set up a militia in Ohio to serve his community, but he was presumably a net advocate like Alex Jones. He added that “on the way it was evaded and evaded” by the voice above.
“You’ve been through a lot, and you’re expected to be someone who can really be a role model for others on that journey. That’s what I want to say at a time when people who are ‘easily defamed and used for political purposes,’ Mehta told Watkins during sentencing. Mehta added that such trips made it difficult to accept her indifference to the victims of the Capitol break-in.
Mehta decided to toughen the sentence under the anti-terrorism law that applied to Watkins’ case, got prosecution’s consent, but ultimately sentenced him to a prison sentence that was below the guideline calculation.
On Thursday, the same judge sentenced Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rose to 18 years in prison and Florida Oath Keepers leader Kelly Meggs to 12 years. Both were convicted of seditious conspiracy, the most serious offense to date in their January 6 sentencing. prosecution. Four more members of the far-right group are due to be convicted of sedition conspiracy next week.
On Friday, Mehta sentenced Watkins’ co-defendant Kenneth Harrelson to four years in prison, a sharp departure from the sentence sought by other defendants and prosecutors.
“I’ve never voted for president in my life…I’m not interested in politics. I didn’t care then, but I don’t really care now,” Harrelson said Friday. “I got in the wrong car at the wrong time and with the wrong person.”
“I don’t think you’re who the government suggests … I don’t think you’re a mid-level organizer here,” the judge said Friday, dismissing the Justice Department’s claim. “There is not a single word in a single communication that could be considered extremist, extremist. You generally reflect on your actions… I think you are a good person.”
Prosecutors allege Harrelson worked with Florida Orth Keepers leader Kelly Megs to collect and supply weapons prior to the Capitol break-in and mob break-in. He was convicted of a number of felonies, including obstruction of Congress, but was acquitted of seditious conspiracy.