As the federal government seeks to rack up charges related to the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a third member of the Oath Keepers is pleading guilty in connection to the unrest.
Mark Grods, an Alabama resident, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct the Electoral College results in Washington, D.C. court, The Hill reported Wednesday.
Prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice say that Grods entered the Capitol with a “large stick” and was inside the building for about four minutes before leaving, as police fired pepper balls.
He rode with others in golf carts, “at times swerving around law enforcement vehicles,” to the Capitol, where they proceeded to the building in a “stack” formation, authorities said.
Grods faces prison time
According to The Hill, Grods is facing between 51 and 63 months in prison based on sentencing guidelines, and anywhere from $20,000 and $200,000 in fines.
Prior to Jan. 6, Grods allegedly communicated with others in encrypted chats and brought firearms to Washington, which he gave to somebody else to keep at a hotel in Virginia.
The feds’ conspiracy case against the Oath Keepers is one of the biggest in the Jan. 6 prosecution, with 16 defendants counted in one indictment, according to CBS News.
Notably, “[n]o alleged Oath Keepers have been charged with firearms violations,” CBS reports.
Questions linger over riot
The Biden administration has now made some 500 arrests in connection with the riot, according to reports, and political controversy surrounding it continues as Democrats and cable news agitate for a new “war on terror” that some have labeled an attempt to label the political right a threat to the country.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) formed a partisan committee to probe the so-called “insurrection” on Wednesday and chose Liz Cheney (R-WY) to help in the effort, Axios reported, as many involved in the unrest continue to be held in solitary confinement.
Many on the right including former President Donald Trump have also questioned who shot and killed protester Ashli Babbitt inside the Capitol that day.
Meanwhile, individuals involved in looting and rioting during anti-police uprisings across the U.S. last summer have largely gone unpunished.