Two more Oath Keepers militants will be sentenced today for trying to overthrow the US government and other crimes during the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
The prosecutors want Joseph Hackett to get 12 years in prison and David Moerschel to get 10 years. They were part of a group of Oath Keepers who stormed the Capitol in military gear to stop Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s election win. They were near the House chamber where lawmakers were meeting.
Hackett was a low-level leader in the Oath Keepers and had called for arresting “corrupt politicians.” His lawyer asked for alternatives to prison. Moerschel left weapons in a hotel and asked for home detention. His lawyer said he was “along for the very foolish ride.”
They are among six Oath Keepers convicted of seditious conspiracy. The judge has sentenced six others to prison terms from three to 18 years. The founder of the Oath Keepers, Stewart Rhodes, got the longest sentence.
The sentencing of another Oath Keeper, Thomas Caldwell, who was cleared of seditious conspiracy but guilty of other crimes, has been postponed.