Jon Schaffer, a musician and Oath Keeper, has pleaded guilty and will assist investigators.
A founding member of the right Oath keepers The militia group on Friday became the first to plead guilty to participating in the riots at the US Capitol, signaling a new phase in the investigation of the January 6 deadly attack against the platform’s seat. American democracy.
Jon Schaffer, an Indiana native and founder of the Iced Earth band, pleaded guilty to two counts of obstructing the issuance of certificates for the 2020 election and violating a restricted building.
Iced Earth singer and bassist left the band in February.
During a hearing in Washington, DC federal court, US District Judge Amit Mehta said Schaffer, 53, has no criminal record and voluntarily contacted the authorities shortly after the Capitol riots.
The judge pointed out that Schaffer had engaged in discussions about cooperating with government investigators and agreed to release him from custody to his own knowledge, with a hearing. Another is scheduled in mid-June.
Schaffer was among hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn November election results. Rebels fought with police, smashed windows and caused homes Legislators fled for safety.
Five people, included The Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, died in the violence.
Prosecutors said Schaffer wore a tactical vest and carried anti-bear spray when he joined the attack on the Capitol 100 days ago.
A Schaffer attorney agreed at Friday’s hearing that Schaffer entered the Capitol that day as Congress prepared to endorse the Electoral College’s vote in favor of Joe Biden.
In a court filing, prosecutors said Schaffer, who was photographed in Capitol Rebellion wearing a cap with the Right Wing Oath insignia, “among the rioters who sprayed ‘bear spray’ on US Congressional Police officers”.
Oath keepers have been linked with others in Trump’s orbit, including Roger Stone, a supporter and longtime friend of the former president.
Prosecutors said Schaffer was “photographed and video surveillance” carrying bear spray and was also filmed “taking part in verbal conversations with Capitol Police officers inside the Building. Congress”.
More than 400 people have been arrested and charged with participating in violence. The most serious charges are assault, conspiracy and obstruction to Congress or law enforcement.