Prosecutors Seek to Delay Sentencing for Seven Oath Keepers Defendants

The men have all taken plea deals that require them to cooperate with the FBI’s ongoing Jan. 6 investigation.
Prosecutors Seek to Delay Sentencing for Seven Oath Keepers Defendants
Members of the Oath Keepers group stand on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)
Joseph M. Hanneman

Federal prosecutors have asked to delay the sentencing of seven Oath Keepers who took plea deals and have been assisting the FBI with its ongoing Jan. 6 investigation.

In a motion filed with U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta on Nov. 22, the U.S. Department of Justice requested sentencing hearings for the Oath Keepers be moved to between February and April 2024.

“Some cooperators may be called upon in trial preparation or at trial itself for the remaining pending cases,” prosecutors wrote in a three-page motion.

The motion would affect Graydon Young, 57; Jason Dolan, 47; Caleb Barry, 22; Brian Ulrich, 45; Mark Grods, 56; Joshua James, 36; and William Todd Wilson, 46.

These defendants took plea deals over the past two years and had sentencing held in abeyance while they assisted the FBI.

Charges, which carry prison terms of up to 20 years, include conspiring with other Oath Keepers to attack the Capitol, entering and remaining in a restricted building, attacking law enforcement with bear spray, pushing against police barriers, and deleting evidence from cell phones or other electronic devices.

The men are currently scheduled for sentencing hearings between Dec. 8, 2023, and Feb. 2, 2024.

Oath Keepers associate Thomas Caldwell’s sentencing was previously delayed from November to Dec. 20. Oath Keeper Donovan Crowl’s sentencing was reset for Jan. 12, 2024. Sentencing for Jon Ryan Schaffer was previously scheduled for Feb. 20, 2024.

Two other Oath Keepers are set for trial in early 2024.

Jonathan Walden’s trial is set to begin Jan. 17, 2024. Mr. Walden, 58, of Birmingham, Ala., is charged with obstruction of an official proceeding and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds.

Jeremy Brown’s trial had been scheduled for November but has been delayed into 2024. A new trial date has not been set in Mr. Brown’s case.

Mr. Brown, 48, of Tampa, Fla., faces charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds.

Both charges are misdemeanors that carry a maximum one-year prison term.

Joseph M. Hanneman is a reporter for The Epoch Times with a focus on the January 6 Capitol incursion and its aftermath, as well as general Wisconsin news. In 2022, he helped to produce "The Real Story of Jan. 6," an Epoch Times documentary about the events that day. Joe has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. He can be reached at: [email protected]