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Oath Keeper enters first guilty plea in Capitol attack inquiry, agrees to help government

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Oath Keeper pleads guilty

An Indiana man who wore an Oath Keepers Lifetime Member hat in the halls of Congress on Jan. 6 has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors and will cooperate in the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation.

Jon Ryan Schaffer, a heavy metal guitarist from Indiana, entered two guilty pleas in federal court on Friday on felony counts of obstruction of an official proceeding, and entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

Schaffer's deal with the government, specifically the agreement to cooperate with investigators, marks a potentially key turning point for prosecutors who have been pursuing a broad conspiracy case against groups of rioters, including the paramilitary Oath Keepers group and the far-right Proud Boys organization.

In court documents last month, prosecutors said the ongoing conspiracy inquiry involves "a large number of participants."

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