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    Oath Keepers Convicted in Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Get Prison in Latest Extremist Sentencings

    Oath Keepers Convicted in Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Get Prison in Latest Extremist Sentencings

    — Two Florida men who stormed the U.S. Capitol with other members of the far-right Oath Keepers group were sentenced Friday to three years in prison for seditious conspiracy and other charges — the latest in a historic string of sentences in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack.

    David Moerschel, 45, a neurophysiologist from Punta Gorda, and Joseph Hackett, a 52-year-old chiropractor from Sarasota, were convicted in January alongside other members of the antigovernment extremist group for their roles in what prosecutors described as a violent plot to stop the transfer from former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden after the 2020 election.

    Both men were among the lower-level members charged with seditious conspiracy. Moerschel was sentenced to three years in prison and Hackett got three and a half years.

    All told, nine people associated with the Oath Keepers have been tried for seditious conspiracy and six were convicted of the rarely used Civil War-era charge in two separate trials, including the group's founder Stewart Rhodes. Rhodes was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison — a record for a Jan. 6 defendant. Three defendants were cleared of the sedition charge but found guilty of other Jan. 6 crimes.

    Moerschel and Hackett helped amass guns and ammunition to stash in a Virginia hotel for a so-called “quick reaction ” that could be quickly shuttled to Washington, prosecutors said. The…

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