US Politics

Oath Keepers founder handed longest sentence yet for January 6 attack plot

Stewart Rhodes is sentenced to 18 years, as first rioter to be sentenced for ‘seditious conspiracy’

Police use tear gas around Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot and breached the Capitol. Picture: Getty Images

The founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison for orchestrating a weeks-long plot that culminated in his followers attacking the US Capitol in a bid to keep President Joe Biden out of the White House after the 2020 election.

Stewart Rhodes is the first person charged in the January 6 2021 attack to be sentenced for seditious conspiracy, and his sentence is the longest that has ...