- Charles Donohoe, 34, of Kernersville, NC, agreed to cooperate in the government’s investigation into the attack on the Capitol.
- He pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to obstruct Congress and assaulting law enforcement during the Jan. 6 riots.
- Donohoe faced up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; his collaboration might earn him a break.
A North Carolina Proud Boys leader pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring with other members of the hate group in the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Charles Donohoe, 34, is described by prosecutors as having close ties to ex-Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, and as part of his plea deal he signed a blanket agreement to cooperate with the government in investigating the attack on the Capitol.
He is the second leader of the Proud Boys who has agreed to cooperate with the government in hopes of shorter prison sentences and lower fines. Matthew Green of New York pleaded guilty in December.
Donohoe will cooperate “fully, truthfully, fully and openly” with law enforcement “on any matter where the government deems cooperation relevant,” according to its plea agreement.
Tarrio and four other members of the hate group are being held without bail on conspiracy and other charges; they have pleaded not guilty.
Donohoe faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding.
But if Donohoe pleads Friday on that count and a charge of assault or obstruction of federal officers, he could face 70 months in prison and a fine of up to $25,000, DC Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kelly told him.
The government could ultimately ask for even less time based on how it assesses the value of Donohoe’s cooperation, Kelly said during a hearing via video conference. Donohoe entered his two guilty pleas remotely from a North Carolina jail.
The judge said he will consider Donohoe’s cooperation in sentencing, adding, “Only the government can determine whether your cooperation is material.”
Prosecutors said Donohoe threw two water bottles at a line of police officers during the storming of the Capitol.
They also say he helped defendant Proud Boy and co-conspirator Dominic Pezzola carry a Capitol Police shield through the West Plaza; Prosecutors claim it was Pezzola who violently tore the officer’s shield off.
A judgment date has not yet been set.