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Alleged Oath Keeper Charged In Sweeping Jan. 6 Conspiracy Case Set To Plead Guilty


A 55-year-old Florida man who is among 16 alleged Oath Keepers charged in a sweeping conspiracy case involving the Jan. 6 insurrection will plead guilty, according to a court notice filed Wednesday that marks a significant development in authorities’ attempts to prove extremist groups plotted to carry out the attack.

Key Facts

Graydon Young, an alleged member of the far-right militia group who went by the moniker of “GenXPatriot,” will appear Wednesday afternoon in court for a plea agreement hearing, the notice said, which would be the first plea deal by any of the 16 alleged Oath Keepers who have been charged.

Young has been charged with six crimes—including conspiracy, aiding and abetting the obstruction of the congressional proceeding, and document tampering—for his alleged role in the Capitol riots, which prosecutors say included being part of a military-style “stack” formation that forced its way into the building.

The charges against Young are part of a sweeping conspiracy case that involves 15 other alleged Oath Keepers who federal authorities are accusing of conspiring together to carry out the Jan. 6 insurrection by planning details of the attack online ahead of time and then traveling to Washington, D.C., with “paramilitary gear and supplies including firearms, tactical vests … helmets and radio equipment.” 

It’s unclear what charges Young will plead guilty to (they may be reduced because of the deal) and whether he will cooperate in other cases going forward, though as CNN highlighted, “it is likely he has spoken to investigators as part of the deal.” 

Young’s sister, Laura Steele, was also charged in the same case but does not appear to have taken a plea deal so far.

Key Background 

The conspiracy case against the Oath Keepers is the largest against any of the far-right extremist groups that participated in the deadly riots. The Department of Justice has continued to build out the case on a near-weekly basis, indicting new alleged members and adding new details as to how they may have planned the attack. Other alleged Oath Keepers have also been charged outside of the conspiracy case, with one, the heavy metal guitarist Jon Schaffer, previously pleading guilty and pledging to cooperate in April. In addition to the dozens of members of the Oath Keepers charged, numerous Proud Boys were charged for their alleged participation in the riots. Both groups have reportedly struggled with membership and finances since the insurrection. 

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