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Jan. 6 Prosecutors Threatened Oath Keepers With Life Sentences, Raised Treason Analogy

Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Members of the Oath Keepers charged with seditious conspiracy were told they could face life in prison, according to a letter discussing plea deal negotiations obtained by The Epoch Times.

Police and protesters outside the U.S. Capitol’s Rotunda in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images)

Nine members charged with conspiracy were told that a lack of recommended sentencing for the charge means the court would apply the sentencing guidelines for the most analogous charge.

The United States takes the position that the most analogous offense to seditious conspiracy is ‘treason,’” prosecutors said.

Treason carries a potential death penalty, though prosecutors indicated the defendants would face a life sentence if they did not plead guilty.

That’s despite the seditious conspiracy charge itself only carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years

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