Washington – member of the far rightOn Wednesday, the group pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and incitement to high-profile sedition of the Electoral College votes on .
William Todd Wilson of North Carolina admitted joining the other guards of the division, including the captainIn planning to use force to stop the peaceful transfer of power from then-President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden.
Wilson is now the third member of the militia group to admit to seditious conspiracy – the heaviest charge to date against alleged members of the January 6 gang – but he was the first to reveal that Rhodes had tried to contact Trump on Saturday night. riot.
As part of Wednesday’s plea agreement, Wilson pleaded under oath a statement of crime, which is used in criminal proceedings to establish the facts of a case that the defendant acknowledges.
“At approximately 5 p.m., Wilson, Rhodes, and others left the Capitol and walked together to the Phoenix Hotel,” the statement read. “Then Rhodes called an individual over a loudspeaker. Hearing Wilson, Rhodes pleaded with him repeatedly to tell President Trump to call on groups such as the Oaths of War to oppose a forcible transfer of power.”
“This individual refused Rhodes’ request to speak directly with President Trump,” the statement continued.
The allegations are the first time that a member of the Oath Keepers, accused of the most serious crimes surrounding the January 6 attack, has been charged with trying to contact Trump on January 6.
Wilson’s plea agreement stated that he had agreed to join Rhodes and the other defendants in halting the peaceful transfer of power. In a group “Leadership” conversation, Rhodes allegedly implored the group, “We don’t get through this without a civil war. It’s too late for that. Prepare your mind, body, and spirit.”
Wilson admitted to bringing an AR-15 rifle, a 9mm pistol, about 200 rounds of ammunition, body armor, a camouflaged combat uniform, pepper spray, a large walking stick intended for use as a weapon and a pocket knife. A hotel room in the Washington, D.C. area before the attack.
According to the crime statement, Wilson heard “Rhodes discuss the potential need for Rhodes and the conspirators to engage in force, including deadly violence, in order to stop the transfer of power,” a call to arms that Wilson admitted to responding at the time.
Court documents revealed on the afternoon of January 6, that Wilson, Rhodes and others “bypassed barricades and Capitol police officers and illegally entered the restricted grounds of the Capitol.” Later that day, Wilson admitted that he entered the Capitol with his pocket knife and 14 other members of the Oath Keepers. He said he did not bring his cache of weapons to the Capitol but left them at his hotel in case they were needed.
Prosecutors said that in a series of messages, including on the morning of January 6, members of the group talked about preparations for the “QRF,” the so-called rapid response force that organizes weapons and other supplies outside Washington, DC’s city limits. . In one of the letters included in the court filing, Rhodes allegedly wrote, “We will have many well-equipped rapid response centers outside the capital. And there are many, many other groups, from other groups, who will be watching and waiting outside in the event of a worst-case scenario” According to court documents in the Rhodes Criminal Case.
In the weeks following the attack, Wilson says he threw his cell phone into the Atlantic to impede any investigation into his actions.
He now faces 20 years in prison on both counts, but is likely to spend much less time in prison. .
Wilson is the third member of the Oath Keepers to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy. Others, including Rhodes, have pleaded not guilty and are due to stand trial later this year.