Brian Ulrich, a Georgia man affiliated with the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers, became the second Capitol rioter to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy for his actions leading up and through the January 6, 2021 insurrection. Joshua A. James of Alabama was the first to plead guilty to the charge last month.
Authorities say Ulrich participated in encrypted chats with other people affiliated with the Oath Keepers in the days before the riot, rode toward the Capitol with others in golf carts on that day, marched on the grounds in a military “stack” formation, taunted police officers who were guarding the building and also entered the Capitol as hundreds of former President Donald Trump’s supporters sought to block the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.
The sentencing guidelines for Ulrich, who pleaded guilty on Friday, were estimated to be 5 ¼ years to 6 ½ years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding. Ulrich had agreed to cooperate with authorities investigating the riot, including testifying before a grand jury. When he was asked by the judge whether he was pleading guilty because he was in fact guilty of the charges, Ulrich answered, “Yes, your honor.”
Boom there it is! Oath Keepers heavy Brian Ulrich pleads to "obstruction of an official proceeding" and seditious conspiracy–the most serious charges DOJ has brought — and agrees to cooperate with the Department's investigation.
— Harry Litman (@harrylitman) April 29, 2022
Those charged with seditious conspiracy are accused of working together to use force to stop the peaceful transfer of presidential power. Authorities say participants discussed their plans in encrypted chats, traveled to the nation’s capital from across the country, organized into teams, used military tactics, stashed weapons in case they felt they were needed, and communicated with each other during the January 6th riot. A conviction under the seditious conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years, compared with five years on the lesser conspiracy charge that others associated with the militia group are facing. Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and eight others have pleaded not guilty to seditious conspiracy and other charges.
Happening Now: Brian Ulrich of the Oath Keepers is pleading guilty to seditious conspiracy PLUS obstruction of an official proceeding – each has 20-year max sentence. He agrees to cooperate, sit for interviews with Feds.
It's a deliberate process, but the noose keeps tightening.
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) April 29, 2022
More than 780 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Jan. 6 riot. Over 250 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors. About 160 of them have been sentenced.