Oath Keepers founder held in custody on seditious conspiracy charge for January 6 riot

Stewart Rhodes, shown in his booking photo on Thursday, appeared in court in Plano, Texas, on Friday to plead not guilty to seditious conspiracy 

The founder of the Oath Keepers appeared in court in Texas on Friday to face a charges including seditious conspiracy over his alleged role in the January 6 riot. 

Elmer Stewart Rhodes, 56, appeared in court in Plano, Texas,on Friday a day after being hit with an indictment that named another 10 people, all of whom are members of his far-right militia group. 

He was ordered held in federal custody until a detention hearing on January 20th. 

Rhodes is believed to be the first person who did not actually go inside the building to be criminally charged over the riot. 

Prosecutors say he commanded his followers from outside, and that he’d spent months plotting the invasion over texts and encrypted messaging services. If convicted, he faces 20 years behind bars. 

Before the hearing, his attorney Jonathan Moseley told…

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