A North Carolina man on Friday became the second member of the extremist group Proud Boys to plead guilty to conspiring with other members of the group to prevent the United States Congress from officially certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. .
Charles Donohoe, 34, pleaded guilty in a federal court appearance in Washington to charges of conspiring to obstruct official process and assaulting or obstructing federal officers. His plea deal includes a provision to cooperate in ongoing Justice Department cases against other Proud Boys members.
Federal sentencing guidelines call for a prison term of about six to seven years, although the terms of his sentence are up to a federal judge.
The indictment against Donohoe and other members of extremist groups, such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, has been at the center of the Justice Department’s sprawling investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising. Donohoe , who had served as president of a local Proud Boys chapter in North Carolina, has close ties to the group’s leader, Enrique Tarrio.
More than three dozen people charged with the Capitol siege have been identified by federal authorities as leaders, members or associates of the Proud Boys.
Tarrio pleaded not guilty this week to remotely directing a conspiracy to prevent congressional certification of Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. Although he was not on Capitol Hill during the Jan. 6 riot, prosecutors said Tarrio held encrypted chats with members of Proud Boys in the weeks leading up to the attack, had a 42-second phone call with another member of the group in the building during the insurrection. and took credit for the chaos at the Capitol.
A New York man, Matthew Greene, became the first member of the Proud Boys to plead guilty to conspiracy in December. He agreed to cooperate with authorities under a plea deal.
Since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 775 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, officials said.