January 6 Trial

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January 6 Trial

On Jan. 6, 2021 the US Capitol was attacked by US citizens during the counting of the ballots during the 2020 presidential election. Over 500 of those citizens are charged in connection with the capitol breach.

A 55-year-old man, Graydon Young, was the first person to plead guilty with conspiracy, obstruction, and other connections to the attack. The Florida man chooses to cooperate with investigators as the government continues to pursue the defendant. Young is one of 16 members of what is called Oath Keepers, considered an extremist group, to be pleaded guilty. Back in April of 2021, Jon Schaffer pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and entering restricted property with a weapon. These two men are believed to be linked to the Oath Keepers group.

Young claims he used encrypted messaging to maintain “operational security” with his co-conspirators. On the day of the hearing, Judge Amit Mehta read the following passage to young:

“Mr. Young believed that he and the co-conspirators were trying to obstruct, influence, and impede an official proceeding, that is, a proceeding before Congress, specifically, Congress’s certification of the Electoral College vote,”

Young replied with, “Yes sir, that is correct.”

Young has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, have interviews if necessary, and testify before the grand jury. The government has agreed to dismiss the remaining charges on Young. However, Judge Mehta believes that Young could still possibly face 5 – 6 ½ years under the sentencing guidelines.

Another capitol rioter believed that January 6 was “the best day ever” Anna Morgan-Lloyd was not accused of any violence during the attack, although she did plead guilty to a single misdemeanor of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the capitol building. She was sentenced to three years of probation and no jail time.

There are no further trials at the moment, yet there are still at least 500 more people that are charged with the January 6 attack.