The sentence against Watkins comes a day after the prison sentences against the founder of Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, sentenced to 18 years, and another member of the group, Kelly Meggs, who will have to spend 12 years behind bars, were made public. for his part in the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
In reading the sentence, Judge Amit Mehta noted that Watkins participated in this plot in a “more aggressive” way than others. She led other people in the assault, US media reported.
The judge also reproached him for not having shown regret or guilt for what happened until later – already during the legal proceedings. Quite the contrary, he made “celebratory” comments about the attack on the headquarters of Congress. Showing a complete lack of sense about the seriousness of what he had done.
The sentence of Jessica Watkins
Watkins, acquitted of conspiracy to commit sedition in November. She has been sentenced this time for conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. Having tried to interrupt the ratification of Joe Biden as US president after winning the elections with the assault on Congress.
“No one would imply that you are Stewart Rhodes, and I don’t think you are Kelly Meggs, but your role in these events is greater than just a private,” the judge said.
During the assault on the Capitol, which left five dead and more than 140 injured agents, supporters of Trump (2017-2021) stormed the headquarters of Congress while the two chambers were meeting to certify Biden’s electoral victory.