Convicted Marion County Oath Keepers leader asks for new trial

Kelly Meggs convicted of seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 investigation

The FBI says video shows Kelly Meggs (pictured) and his wife Connie Meggs at a gun range in Leesburg months before the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building. (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Marion County man who was convicted of conspiring to interfere with the transfer of power in the 2020 presidential election is asking a federal judge for a new trial.

A federal jury convicted Kelly Meggs – the Florida leader of the Oath Keepers – of seditious conspiracy two weeks ago.

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According to court documents, attorneys Stanley Woodward and Juli Haller did not immediately go into detail about why Meggs should be granted a new trial, alluding only to statutes that refer to the evidence presented to the jury.

“Mr. Meggs ultimately challenges his convictions as to the above counts on grounds that will be set forth in a substantive supplemental memorandum, which the court has advised is due on or before Dec. 23, 2022,” they wrote.

Meggs faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced next year.

He is one of 35 Central Florida residents arrested and charged in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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About the Author:

Erik Sandoval joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2013 and became an Investigator in 2020. During his time at News 6, Erik has covered several major stories, including the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was also one of the first reporters live on the air at the Pulse Nightclub shooting.