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Fmr. Green Beret Jan. 6 protester convicted for sawed-off shotgun, explosives, more

Storming of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)
December 13, 2022

A jury has found Jeremy Brown, a former Green Beret who joined the “Oath Keepers” group, guilty on six of 10 federal criminal charges stemming from a probe into his involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol storming.

The decision follows the recent conviction of several Oath Keepers members, including its founder, in what the government argued was an organized conspiracy to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s election.

Brown was arrested for allegedly having trespassed on Jan. 6, but he was criminally charged for what federal agents allegedly found when they searched his home and RV. The jury found him guilty of possessing classified Defense Department documents and illegal guns and explosives, the Florida Phoenix reported.

He’s set to be sentenced on March 13 on five felonies, each worth up to 10 years in prison, and a misdemeanor worth up to one year, the Phoenix reported.

Brown is a 20-year Army veteran, retiring in 2012 as a Special Forces master sergeant. He deployed to combat four times, in Iraq and Afghanistan, and unsuccessfully ran for Florida congress from jail in this year’s midterm election.

Brown admitted to having a sawed-off shotgun and short-barreled rifle, and claimed to have written the classified Defense Department document himself. But his attorney said federal agents planted the rest – two grenades and a CD with classified information marked “secret” in red, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Federal agents turned off Brown’s home security cameras during the search, according to the Times. And no photo was taken of the CD from the search, according to the Phoenix. 

The jury found Brown not guilty of four charges relating to national security documents allegedly on the CD. 

Ahead of his trial, Brown went public with an allegation that he was not a real Oath Keepers member, but a confidential informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

At least 964 people have been charged with crimes in the Jan. 6 storming, according to Insider.