Heavy Metal Guitarist Seen Wearing Oath Keepers ‘Lifetime Member’ Hat on Jan. 6 Is First to Plead Guilty in Capitol Siege

A heavy metal guitarist seen wearing an “Oath Keepers Lifetime Member” cap on Jan. 6 became the first rioter to plead guilty to charges related to the U.S. Capitol siege, a fate entered before a federal judge on Friday.

Although the maximum penalty threatened decades of prison, the Iced Earth musician hopes for a sentence much lower than that by agreeing to “fully cooperate” with the government, according to details of his plea agreement that reportedly emerged during the hearing.

The Justice Department celebrated the debut guilty plea and cooperation agreement against a man prosecutors described as founding member of the extremist Oath Keepers.