Two Florida J6 ‘Oath Keepers’ head to prison

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Both men were among the lower-level members charged with seditious conspiracy.

Two Florida men who stormed the U.S. Capitol with other members of the far-right Oath Keepers group were sentenced Friday to three years in prison for seditious conspiracy and other charges — the latest in a historic string of sentences in the Jan. 6. 2021 attack.

David Moerschel, 45, a neurophysiologist from Punta Gorda, and Joseph Hackett, a 52-year-old chiropractor from Sarasota, were convicted in January alongside other members of the antigovernment extremist group for their roles in what prosecutors described as a violent plot to stop the transfer power from former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden after the 2020 election.

Both men were among the lower-level members charged with seditious conspiracy. Moerschel was sentenced to three years in prison and Hackett got three and a half years.

All told, nine people associated with the Oath Keepers have been tried for seditious conspiracy and six were convicted of the rarely used Civil War-era charge in two separate trials, including the group’s founder Stewart Rhodes. Rhodes was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison — a record for a Jan. 6 defendant. Three defendants were cleared of the sedition charge but found guilty of other Jan. 6 crimes.

Moerschel and Hackett helped amass guns and ammunition to stash in a Virginia hotel for a so-called “quick reaction force” that could be quickly shuttled to Washington, prosecutors said. The weapons were never deployed. Moerschel provided an AR-15 and a Glock semi-automatic handgun and Hackett helped transport weapons, prosecutors said.

On Jan. 6, both men dressed in paramilitary gear and marched into the Capitol with fellow Oath Keepers in a military-style line formation, charging documents stated.

“The security of our country and the safety of democracy should not hinge on the impulses of madmen,” Justice Department prosecutor Troy Edwards said.

Moerschel told the judge he was deeply ashamed of forcing his way into the Capitol and joining the riot that seriously injured police officers and sent staffers running in fear.

Hackett similarly said he remembered feeling horrified as stepped foot in the Capitol that day: “I truly am sorry for my part in causing so much misery,” he said.

He originally joined the group after seeing vandalism at a commercial area near his house during the summer of 2020, when protests against police brutality were common, his attorney Angela Halim said. “He did not join this organization because he shared any beliefs of Stewart Rhodes,” she said.

Still, he later attended an “unconventional warfare” training, and in the leadup to Jan. 6 he repeatedly warned other Oath Keepers about “leaks” and the need to secure their communications, and later changed his online screen names, authorities have said.

“Taken together, his messages show he perceived the election as an existential threat,” said prosecutor Alexandra Hughes.

Associated Press


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  • PeterH

    June 3, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    Thank god neither DeSantis nor Trump will ever sit in the Oval Office …… with the ability to pardon these two American terrorist

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      June 4, 2023 at 10:31 am

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        June 4, 2023 at 11:29 am

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  • bigotry starts with DeSantis

    June 3, 2023 at 8:43 pm

    you can almost guarantee those these individuals were the type that would’ve voted for DeSantis. And of course the Santa said he was going to potentially pardon them if he gets elected president.

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    June 3, 2023 at 9:16 pm

    Need euthanasia for Trump supporters..The Villages crematoriums not taking care of this problem fast enough. They should be machine gunned in a least the Florida Trump supporters.

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    June 4, 2023 at 7:50 am

    Even educated Florida men are dangerous. We know that with DeathSantis but now we need to check out chiropractors and physiologists…MAGA insurrectionists are everywhere and still support attacks on our government.

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  • 96% of all prisoners are Christians but only 69% of the population is

    June 4, 2023 at 9:34 am

    Each and every Christian ends up in prison eventually, it’s in their DNA to commit crimes.

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      June 4, 2023 at 3:03 pm

      No such thing as all, nothing, everyone, and everything etc. You gotta few mental problems yourself. Probably you were abused. Florida has a large abused population… regardless of religion. Hell, the religion is the abuse if people still teaching kids creationism.

  • Remember When

    June 6, 2023 at 10:21 am

    Remember when GOP politicians talking point on J6 was that nobody was charged with sedition? LOL. Now they charged AND convicted. What’s the GOP’s J6 story now? “That never happened.” LOL again at the GOP clown car:
    RONALD desantis
    mitch MC connell
    trump, DONALD j

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