Marion County couple among ‘Oath Keepers’ members arrested on conspiracy charge in Capitol riot

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. — Two Marion County residents have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to disrupt Congress during the Capital riot on Jan. 6, according to the Department of Justice.

DOJ officials said six people, including Kelly Meggs, 52, and Connie Meggs, 59, both of Dunnellon, Florida, were arrested on charges they were affiliated with the Oath Keepers group and have been indicted by a federal grand jury.

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Agents said some of the people in the Oath Keepers group were among those who forcibly entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. They were arrested and charged in federal court in the District of Columbia for conspiring to obstruct the U.S. Congress’s certification of the result of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, among other charges.

The other arrests include Graydon Young, 54, of Englewood, Florida, Laura Steele, 52, of Thomasville, North Carolina, and Sandra Ruth Parker, 62, and Bennie Alvin Parker, 70, both of Morrow, Ohio.

Records claim that Kelly and Connie Meggs joined with others in a military-style “stack” formation that marched up the center steps on the east side of the U.S. Capitol, breached the door at the top, and stormed the building.

According to records, Kelly Meggs is the self-described leader of the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers.

Officials said the case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Middle District of Florida.

The FBI is looking for individuals who may have incited or promoted violence of any kind.  Anyone with digital material or tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or submit images or videos at www.tips.fbi.gov.