Oath Keepers member enters guilty plea on charges stemming from Capitol riot

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.

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  6. The Coup D’Etat was successful through a farcical election arranged by the deranged Left-wing in charge of what used to be the Democratic Party!!! Now they want to prop up this fakery by holding a lynching party over the peaceful protest that occurred on January 6th. Unlike the “peaceful” protests of BLM and Antifa not one business was burned or looted. Where are the arrests of those two mobs???

  7. Arrest American citizens that really did no damage to the federal buildings, unlike antifa and blm supposedly peaceful protests (riots that democrats condoned) that damaged, ruined, set fire to federal buildings throughout America as well as businesses of hard working Americans! Those people (anti-Americans) got their bails paid by democrat politicians and then got their charges dropped by democrat judges while these Americans are denied bail and sitting in solitary confinement! The double standards of the Washington democrats, judicial system, ag and fbi are both wrong and unconstitutional! They are the real terrorist in America that needs to be arrested and put in jail so America can get back to growing again!! If you hate America then leave and go to any other country that you think is better!! GROW UP!!

    1. Exactly!! I couldn’t have said it any better, you hit the nail on the head.

      One of the FIRST things that needs to happen is to quit calling it an “insurrection”. And while I am sure that the “guilty” plea was done to get it over with, these people were not violent or even armed. If “a stick” is the worst weapon the feds could come up with, they are really stretching the limits here. And what about all the UNIDICTED CO-CONSPIRATORS? Who are they? Are they feds? Did they have a hand in pushing the people into the Capital? And what is the purpose of holding these people without bail? I’ve seen actual murderers get bail! Was it to keep them from learning that they had feds in the group, urging them to go into the Capital? These are all questions a lawyer should be asking!

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  9. These people are saying there guilty because they are forced. COMMUNISM. Jan. 6th was a peaceful protest. PERIOD. Trump won the election because as we all know, the Demo. cheated at the polls.

  10. There is no mention of the Antifa and BLM element in doing the destruction part and coercing others to enter with them. There was a post on FB following the demonstration on the 6th of January, which showed posters for those involved with Antifa and BLM which stated that they should remember to come dressed as Trump supporters and cause chaos!! Also someone who attended showed on her phone, a scene which was recorded, showing Trump supporters hollering at these people to “quit breaking those windows!!” Also shouted at them to “Go home, Antifa!!” This was taken during the break-ins. Everyone there knew who they were and what they were up to….along with their use of vulgarity…which was repulsive to the Trump supporters. I do not hear of any of the BLM/Antifa being prosecuted. Imagine that!!

  11. Wonder what the BLM and Antifa have over our government officials so that they won’t even acknowledge the fact that there has been undeniable damage and lives lost due to the riots by the above mentioned groups. It is much easier to arrest 500 innocent people than to risk the ire of criminals.

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