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Graydon Young biography: 13 things about Oath Keepers member from Englewood, Florida

Graydon Young is a white man from Englewood, Florida, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

Graydon Young (©Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)
Graydon Young (©Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)
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  1. He previously served in the U.S. Army Reserve and the U.S. Navy Reserve. (a)
  2. He is a licensed driver in Florida. (a)
  3. He is a member of the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers. His sister Laura Steele of Thomasville, North Carolina, USA is allegedly also affiliated with the right-wing militia. (a)
  4. On November 7, 2020, he wrote in Facebook group called War of Northern Aggression, “Will this group consider migration to MeWe and Parler? I think censorship is going to get worse with Biden win.” On November 9, 2020, he wrote in the group, “Admins: please create this page on MeWe.” (a)
  5. On December 3, 2020, he sent an email to the Florida chapter of the Oath Keepers. He wrote that he was “looking to get involved in helping” and attached a membership application. On December 22, 2020, he bought tickets to fly from Tampa, Florida to Greensboro, North Carolina on January 4, 2021 with a return trip on January 8, 2021. (a)
  6. On January 4, 2021, he received an email from the Oath Keepers, which contained details about its members deploying to Washington, D.C., USA from January 5-6, 2021. On the same day, he forwarded the message to Steele and went to Thomasville. (a)
  7. On January 5, 2021, he and Steele travelled from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. with several other individuals. He wore a wide-brim military-style hat called boonie. In the evening, he stayed overnight in Springfield, Virginia, USA. (a)
  8. Wearing a black tactical helmet, a black long-sleeved shirt and a camouflaged tactical vest, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 with Steele and other members of the Oath Keepers including couple Kelly Meggs and Connie Meggs of Dunnellon, Florida. That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Bidens victory in the 2020 presidential election. After the riot, he wrote on Facebook, “We stormed and got inside.” (a)
  9. On January 8, 2021, he drove from Thomasville to Englewood. In an email he sent that day, he provided the phone number of his team leader during the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, which is registered to Connie. (a)
  10. A Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent filed a criminal complaint against him, Steele, Kelly and Connie, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin M. Meriweather on February 11, 2021. He was charged with conspiring to commit an offense against the U.S. that is to corruptly obstruct, influence or impede an official proceeding, depredation against federal government property and unlawful entry, disorderly conduct or violent conduct in restricted buildings or grounds. (a)(c)
  11. He was arrested in Tampa on February 15, 2021 and was turned over to U.S. Marshals on February 16, 2021. (b)(c)(d)
  12. On June 23, 2021, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice. (d)
  13. He was 55 years old when he testified in court on October 31, 2022 against Kelly and four other Oath Keepers members namely Stewart Rhodes, Jessica Watkins, Kenneth Harrelson and Thomas Caldwell, who were charged with charged with seditious conspiracy. (e)
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(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)

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If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

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