Four Oath Keepers convicted of seditious conspiracy in Jan 6 trial

Four members of the Oath Keepers were convicted Monday of seditious conspiracy in the Jan 6, 2021, Capitol attack in the second major trial of far-right extremists accused of

plotting to forcibly keep President Donald Trump in power. The verdict against Joseph Hackett of Sarasota, Florida; Roberto Minuta of Prosper, Texas; David Moerschel of

Punta Gorda, Florida; and Edward Vallejo of Phoenix comes weeks after after a different jury convicted the group’s leader, Stewart Rhodes, in the mob’s attack that halted the

certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. It’s another major victory for the Justice Department, which is also trying to secure sedition convictions against

the former leader of the Proud Boys and four associates.  The trial against Enrique Tarrio and his lieutenants opened earlier this month in Washington and is expected to

last several weeks. The Washington jury deliberated for about 12 hours over three days before delivering their guilty verdict on the rarely used charge, which carries up to

20 years in prison. The four were also convicted of two other conspiracy charges as well as obstructing an official proceeding: Congress' certification of the 2020 election.

Minuta, Hackett and Moerschel were acquitted of lesser charges. The judge didn't immediately set a date for sentencing. The judge denied prosecutors' bid to lock up the men

while they await sentencing, finding them not to be a risk of flight. They were ordered to remain in home detention with electronic monitoring.