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Capital storm: Far-right leader sentenced to 18 years in prison

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On Thursday, a Washington federal court sentenced Stuart Rhodes, founder and leader of the right-wing radical group “Oathtakers,” to 18 years in prison for the January 2021 occupation of the Capitol.

During the riots, although Rhodes was not in the Capitol, he coordinated the group members who were there.

The court found Rhodes guilty of incitement.

Rhodes’ sentence is the longest serving in connection with the Capitol rebellion.

The prosecution had sought a 25-year prison sentence for him.

On the other hand, Kelly Maggs, the leader of the Florida organization of the group that participated in the occupation of the Capitol Building, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Several other gang members are scheduled to be sentenced this week and next week.

On January 6, 2021, hundreds of supporters of then-Republican President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol to officially confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election as Congress convened there.

During the clashes, fire was opened and 5 people lost their lives in the conflict.

More than 1,000 people filed criminal complaints regarding the attack on the Capitol Building.

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