Third Oath Keepers Member Pleads Guilty to Sedition in Capitol Riot Case

A third member of far-right militia group Oath Keepers pleaded guilty on May 4 to seditious conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

William Todd Wilson, the 45-year-old former leader of the Sampson County, North Carolina chapter, pleaded guilty to the charges before U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta.

As part of the plea agreement, Wilson will cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation, the Justice Department said.

According to a court filing, Wilson conspired with Elmer Steward Rhodes and others “to oppose by force the lawful transfer of presidential power.”

Wilson, a military and law enforcement veteran, brought an AR-15-style rifle, a nine-millimeter pistol, and about 200 rounds of ammunition when he traveled to Washington, D.C. a day before the Capitol riot.

On Jan. 6 afternoon, Wilson and others bypassed barricades and Capitol Police officers and unlawfully entered the restricted grounds.

Wilson entered the Capitol building through the Upper West Terrace Doors at 2:34 p.m., becoming the first of the Oath Keeper members to breach the building, the Justice Department said.

Wilson, who wore a neck gaiter and beanie hat to mask his appearance, later joined a pro-Trump mob to forcefully open the Rotunda Doors from inside the Capitol building, according to court documents.

Wilson then took steps to conceal incriminating evidence against him, including intentionally discarding his cellphone into the Atlantic Ocean, the Justice Department said.

Wilson faces up to 40 years in prison, along with potential financial penalties.

No sentencing date has been set.


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