WASHINGHTON, USA~ On Friday, a military veteran who participated in the Oath Keepers’ invasion of the United States Capitol on January 6 was sentenced to 8 and a half years in federal prison after apologising for her acts. The United States District Judge Amit Mehta was informed by Jessica Watkins that her acts were “reprehensible,” and Watkins apologised for the effect that her behaviour had on the nation as a whole. “My actions and my behaviours that fateful day were wrong, and as I now understand, criminal,” she said. “My actions and my behaviours that fateful day.” “There is never a justification for violence.”
Watkins apologised to the cops and stated once more that she was “just another idiot” as she was racing around the Capitol on January 6. She did this while recalling her evidence that she gave during her trial. She said, “I was just another idiot running around the Capitol,” and that was exactly what she had been. “But idiots are held responsible, and today you’re going to hold this idiot responsible,” you said. “But idiots are held responsible.”
next the sentencing of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes to 18 years in federal prison and Florida Oath Keeper Kelly Meggs to 12 years, Mehta proceeded to hand down the sentence for Watkins the next day. On Friday afternoon, another member of the far-right group Oath Keepers will be sentenced, and further defendants associated with the group will be punished the following week.
Mehta stated that Watkins’ behaviour, while not as severe as that of Rhodes or Meggs, was nevertheless serious and that she played a role in bringing others to Washington on January 6. He also stated that Watkins’ behaviour was not as awful as that of Meggs or Rhodes. “No one would suggest that you are Stewart Rhodes, and frankly, I don’t think you’re Kelly Meggs,” the judge said. “Nobody would suggest that you are Kelly Meggs.” However, he emphasised that she was more than only a foot soldier.
Watkins praised Mehta, stating that he had proven to be “an impartial arbiter,” and added that she understood how the jury came to their result. The verdict found Watkins guilty of obstructing an official procedure and aiding and abetting, but it found her not guilty of seditious conspiracy. Watkins was acquitted on the allegation of seditious conspiracy. Mehta stated that he credited Watkins for her remorse and for being willing to plead guilty, despite the fact that she was unable to strike a plea deal with the government.
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