According to foreign media reports, the U.S. Department of Justice said that three members of the right-wing militia group “oath keepers” were charged with collusion and illegally breaking into the Capitol building on January 6. They could face up to 20 years in prison on the charges.
On January 6 local time, during the joint session of the US Congress and the house of Representatives, trump supporters broke into the Capitol building and caused riots. In the house of Representatives, police held guns across the doors and windows to confront the protestors.
“Jessica Watkins, 38, from Ohio, Donovan Crowl, 50, and Thomas Caldwell, 65, from Virginia, have been charged,” the US Department of justice’s website said. ”
According to the news, the three defendants are all associated with the “guardian of the oath” organization, which is called a militarized organization by the US Department of justice and is composed of former law enforcement officers and veterans.
The U.S. Department of justice pointed out that investigators believe that these people are colluding with each other in order to obstruct official procedures, destroy state property and illegally enter restricted areas. It is reported that three people have been arrested.
According to the charges, the maximum penalty is 20 years’ imprisonment, the Department added.
On January 6, supporters of former U.S. President trump stormed the Capitol building after the rally, forcing Congress to suspend work for several hours. Five people died in the riot. At present, hundreds of people have been put on file for investigation for their participation in the impact of the Capitol building.