© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Members of the Oath Keepers militia group, including Jessica Marie Watkins (far left), who has since been indicted by federal authorities for her role in the siege of the Capitol, are among supporters of the President’s occupation of the United States, Donald Trump.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A fourth person linked to the Oath Keepers militia group pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two criminal charges related to his involvement in the Jan.6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump.
Caleb Berry, 20, who prosecutors say was in communication with a Florida-based Oath Keepers group, is the fourth person affiliated with the military to plead guilty to the riot charges and the 19th to plead guilty to the charges. federal related riots.
More than 535 people have been accused of participating in the violence when Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the electoral victory of Democratic President Joe Biden.
Trump falsely claims that he lost the election due to widespread electoral fraud.
Berry pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and obstruction of official proceeding at a federal court hearing in Washington.
Prosecutors said in court documents that Berry was cooperating with investigators. Other defendants linked to the Oath Keepers who have pleaded guilty to riot-related charges are also cooperating with investigators, records showed.
On January 6, prosecutors said, Berry and others donned protective vests, hard hats and goggles, as well as clothing and patches bearing the Oath Keepers logo.
At the Capitol, Berry joined other suspected members of the military who “maneuvered in an organized fashion” up the steps on the east side of the building, with “each member keeping at least one hand on the other’s shoulder in front of them.” prosecutors said.
They attacked the police guarding the building, “threw objects and sprayed chemicals at the officers” and finally forced themselves into the building, prosecutors said.
Also Tuesday, Federal Magistrate G. Michael Harvey ordered the pretrial detention of defendant troublemaker Robert Morss, a former US Army Ranger from Pennsylvania. Harvey said Morss helped organize a “shield wall” that the rioters used to move against Capitol guards assembled with equipment taken from the police.
Federal authorities also released rioting-related charges against Mark Sami Ibrahim, a probation officer with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, who weeks before the riots told the DEA of his intention to resign.
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