NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) And And Keepers leader Elmer Stewart Rhodes said on Wednesday that he was not surprised that three members of the group pleaded guilty to plotting to assassinate the US Capitol on January 6.
Phillip Linder said, “You hear someone admit their guilt, a kind of ‘what did I miss?’ And I didn’t miss anything when I saw what they were begging and saying.”
In court documents, three members, Joshua James, Brian Ulrich and William Wilson, admitted that they had conspired with Rhodes and other members of the group “to oppose the legal transfer of presidential power.”
Richard Roper, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, said the confession would make it harder for Granbury-based Rhodes to be acquitted. “This is not a good sign for the other defendants.”
In court documents in Williams’ case, prosecutors said he and Rhodes and other members gathered at a hotel near the Capitol on Jan. 6 at about 5 p.m.
Prosecutors said, “Rhodes then called a person on a dynamic phone. Wilson overheard Rhodes repeatedly asking the person to urge groups such as President Trump to swear by force to oppose the transfer of power. He denied Rhodes’ desire to speak directly. President Trump. “I just want to fight,” Rhodes told the group after the call ended.
Linder denied this. “It’s a blatant lie. It didn’t happen. We’ll have phone records showing that it didn’t happen.”
He said he would say everything to reduce the sentences of some people who confessed their guilt, but Roper said it was a way to prevent it from happening. “The way the government usually tries to solve this problem is to bring in other evidence that confirms what the testifying partner said.”
Those who pleaded guilty are expected to testify in court against Rhodes and other members.
“It can be very powerful because it gives the jury a member who can explain the details in terms of being an insider,” Roper said.
In return, Roper said they hoped for a reduced sentence. “Usually, when a defendant pleads guilty in a federal criminal case, there is a very strong incentive for these defendants to cooperate with the government in the hope of receiving less punishment.”
Rhodes is set to go to trial on Sept. 26, but Linder said the trial could begin a week earlier.
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