A member of the intense right-wing Oath Keepers gang has pleaded responsible to a seditious conspiracy cost for his position within the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol assault.
Brian Ulrich, 44, wept throughout a courtroom listening to on Friday after pleading responsible to 2 felony prices of obstruction of an official continuing and seditious conspiracy, CNN reported. Ulrich is one in every of 11 members of the Oath Keepers ― a far-right militant group ― who’re going through sedition-related prices after authorities uncovered chat messages the group members used to plan for violence and disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump within the 2020 presidential election. 5 individuals died and greater than 100 officers have been injured within the ensuing violence.
“Did you try this, agree with [Oath Keepers leader Stewart] Rhodes and develop a plan to cease the lawful switch of presidential energy, by power, on Jan. 6, 2021?” U.S. District Choose Amit Mehta requested throughout the listening to on Friday.
“Sure, your honor,” Ulrich replied, in line with CNN.
Ulrich, who will cooperate with the Justice Division in its prosecution of his fellow gang members as a part of his plea settlement, reportedly cried throughout the listening to. Mehta requested if Ulrich wanted a second to compose himself.
“It’s not going to get any simpler,” Ulrich stated earlier than crying once more.
Courtroom documents detail the interior workings of the Oath Keepers’ plans days earlier than the assault.
“Somebody can inform me if I’m loopy however I’m planning on having a backpack for normal use after which a separate backpack with my ammo,” Ulrich messaged in a chat on the app Sign in December. “I would be the man working round with the ‘price range AR.’”
The day of the assault on the U.S. Capitol, Ulrich and different Oath Keepers “pressured their well beyond legislation enforcement officers making an attempt to protect the Rotunda,” according to the FBI .
The group’s chief, Rhodes, was just lately ordered to remain in jail until his trial after a federal choose decided that he “presents a transparent and convincing hazard.”
Together with Ulrich, Oath Keepers member Joshua James has also pleaded guilty to a cost of seditious conspiracy and can cooperate with the Justice Division. Ulrich faces as much as six years in jail.