Joseph Hackett, 51, of Sarasota, and several other Floridians associated with the Oath Keepers were charged with conspiracy to obstruct the certification of the Electoral College vote. Hackett was arrested recently and booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
“The said he was a Domestic Terrorist and was conspiracy to overthrow the government. He is a doctor he has saved people lives,” Hackett’s wife, Dee Hackett, told Steve Bannon on Thursday. “I don’t know why he is still being held,” she said.
The Gateway Pundit reported on behalf of Hackett:
“** Joseph’s wife Deena launched a crowdfunding GiveSendGo campaign last week in hopes of being able to hire a private attorney to represent her husband. Please help if you can.
Joseph Hackett, a 50-year-old chiropractor, now faces a 20-year sentence in federal prison after “heinously” stepping in the Capitol Building for approximately ten minutes on Jan. 6.”
“According to court documents, prosecutors claim Hackett allegedly walked into the Capitol Rotunda towards the House of Representatives on Jan. 6 at 2:45 pm. He then left the Capitol at 2:54 pm, Gateway Pundit reported.
The Herald-Tribune reported on June 1, about Hackett:
“A Sarasota man is the latest to be indicted in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to new federal documents.
“Graydon Young, 54, of Englewood; Kelly Meggs, 52, of Dunnellon; Connie Meggs, 59, of Dunnellon; Kenneth Harrelson, 40, of Titusville; Jason Dolan, 44, of Wellington; and William Isaacs, 21, of Kissimmee; also were named in the federal court documents. Each is facing multiple charges.
“The Oath Keepers is an organization of the current and former military, police, and first responders who pledge to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” At least 16 suspects affiliated with the group have now been charged in connection with the Capitol attack.
Prosecutors say from as early as Nov. 3 through Jan. 6, Hackett, alongside others, knowingly conspired against the U.S. On Nov. 9, Hackett was allegedly in an online meeting with other participants and a leader, only referred to as “Person One” in the documents. USA TODAY has previously identified Oath Keepers founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes as “Person One” in federal charging documents related to the Jan. 6 siege.
Mrs. Hackett spoke to Bannon about the conditions in which her husband is being held.
“I was told the FBI was in my home with a search warrant, and I would have to be told when I could go back. It caught me by surprise. My husband is a Chiropractor. His practice is now completely gone; I don’t know how I am going to pay our bills. He has a public defender, so we are in limbo. He calls when he can. He was put in the general population with violent criminals. The public defenders said they couldn’t do anything to help him. I don’t even know what all the charges are.
He has been a Chiropractor for 30 years. Every night at 9 pm, the January 6th detainees sing the Star Spangled banner to keep up their spirits,” she said.
Local activists have been highlighting the inhumane conditions of the jail where the prisoners are being held.