A Champaign County woman charged in connection to the 2021 Washington D.C. U.S. Capitol riot was found not guilty of a charge of seditious conspiracy, but a jury did find her guilty of other crimes.
Jessica Watkins, of Woodstock, was a defendant in a trial along with several other people including Oath Keeper founder Stewart Rhodes. While she was acquitted of the most serious charge, she was found guilty of obstructing an official proceeding, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and civil disorder.
She was found not guilty of the destruction of government property.
Authorities said Watkins led the “Ohio team of Oath Keepers” during the Jan. 6 riot and used the moniker “Captain” or “Cap.” The jury saw her and others shouldering through the crowd and going into the building in what prosecutors have described as a military-style stack formation.
Sentencing is pending in her case.
Donovan Crowl, 50, of Champaign County, is charged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding (and aiding and abetting), destruction of government property (and aiding and abetting), entering in a restricted building or grounds and civil disorder.
Prosecutors have said in court documents Crowl and Jessica Watkins are seen on a video inside the Capitol during the riot.
In March 2021, Crowl was ordered released from jail pending trial.
Brandon Miller and Stephanie Miller
A Bradford couple was charged in connection to the Jan. 6 Washington, D.C., Capitol riot agreed with a judge that they climbed through a window to get into the building and they knew they weren’t supposed to be there.
Brandon and Stephanie Miller pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of parading in the capitol and faced up to 6 months of imprisonment.
“Both Millers’ Facebook accounts contained multiple posts and conversations related to their entry into the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.”
Judge Tanya Chutkan gave Brandon Miller 20 days in jail and Stephanie Miller 14 days in jail. The Bradford residents also were fined $500 and ordered to perform 60 hours of community service.
Bennie Parker and Sandra Parker
A Warren County husband and wife were charged in federal court in connection with the Jan. 6 Washington, D.C., Capitol riot.
Sandra Parker, 60, and Bennie Parker, 70, both of Morrow, were charged with conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding (and aiding and abetting) and restricted buildings or grounds.
The couple is still awaiting trial.
David Mehaffie, of Kettering, was found guilty of aiding and abetting in assaulting, resisting or impeding law enforcement officers; interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder; misdemeanor disorderly conduct in a Capitol Building; and misdemeanor aiding and abetting in committing an act of violence in the Capitol Building or grounds.
He was found not guilty of obstruction of an official proceeding, aiding and abetting.
He is due back in court on Jan. 27, 2023 for sentencing.
Jared Samuel Kastner
A Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employee living in Beavercreek is accused of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol during a riot on Jan. 6.
Jared Samuel Kastner, 24, was charged with entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol building.
Kastner is an employee with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
He was arrested in Beavercreek on Dec. 8 after a search warrant was filed for his Glen Meadow Way residence. He has since been released from jail.
Kastner pleaded not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial.
Kenneth Duncan Massie
Kenneth Duncan Massie pleaded guilty in October to a count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a capitol building.
Surveillance video from the Capitol reportedly show Massie in a white cowboy hat in the building’s Crypt. Images found on a third-party’s social media account also captured Massie near the Senate Wing door and exiting an office, according to court documents.
A sentencing date has not been set, the court docket shows.
Authorities said Terry Lindsey was picked up from Piqua and driven to Washington D.C. for a political rally and then marched to the U.S. Capitol where he unlawfully entered the Capitol twice.
Authorities said Lindsey was part of a group that surrounded and taunted Metropolitan police outside the capitol and a group that confronted law enforcement inside. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of entering and remaining in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a capitol building and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a capitol building.
Lindsey was sentenced to five months of incarceration along with three years of probation by Chief United States District Judge for the District of Columbia Beryl Howell.
Timothy Allen Hart, 52, of Huber Heights, was charged in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, obstruction of law enforcement curing civil disorder and obstruction of justice/Congress.
Hart is accused of posting five videos to YouTube, including four on Jan. 6 that include a video of the rally for President Donald Trump; a video taken while walking to the U.S. Capitol; and two videos that appear to be recorded from the top of a scaffolding showing protesters pushing past Capitol police.
His case is still pending.
Walter Messer and Therese Borgerding
Therese Borgerding of Piqua and Walter J. Messer of Englewood are both charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; and parade, demonstrate or picket in any of the Capitol buildings.
Facebook records show images of Messer and the Borgerding from both inside and outside the Capitol building, according to records. In one photo, Borgerding is shown on the steps of the Capitol holding a “Q” sign.
The case is still pending in District of Columbia federal court.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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