Jon Ryan Schaffer, a founding member of the militia group Oath Keepers, is the first suspect to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the deadly Capitol riot.
Schaffer is being accused of taking over the Capitol and spraying a police officer with bear spray. He pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and entering and remaining in a restricted building with a dangerous or deadly weapon.
Schaffer turned himself into the FBI after his photograph was featured on FBI poster.
As part of his deal, Schaffer has agreed to cooperate with investigators and may be called to testify in related cases. Prosecutors and Schaffer’s attorneys agreed to recommend that he get between 3.5 and 4.5 years in prison, based on the outcome of his cooperation with the government.
Over 370 people are facing federal charges for the deadly Capitol riot that left five people dead.