These North Carolinians face charges in Capitol riot. Here’s where their cases stand
They ran it like a military operation.
Equipped with walkie talkies, combat vests and other “paramilitary gear and supplies,” leaders of the right-wing Proud Boys divided themselves into “teams” led by “commanders” to coordinate the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol building, federal prosecutors say.
Charles Donohoe, president of a Proud Boys chapter in Kernersville, was among those who helped organize the attack, according to his federal indictment.
Donohoe was arrested on March 17 and charged with a flurry of felonies and misdemeanors: conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of Congress, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, destruction of government property, entering and remaining in a restricted building and disorderly conduct in a restricted building.
On June 23, a federal judge in Washington ordered Donohoe to remain in jail, USA Today reported. At that hearing, prosecutors showed video footage, including one that shows Donohoe and an alleged Proud Boys member carrying a stolen police riot shield through the crowd, according to CBS News.
Donohoe is one of 13 North Carolinians facing felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with the Capitol riots. As prosecutors sift through more than 16,000 hours of Jan. 6 footage, some top-priority suspects might not face trial until January or next spring, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Other cases have seen progress, however. About 20 suspects of the more than 500 arrested nationwide have pleaded guilty so far, according to the Post. On Monday, Florida’s Paul Hodgkins, the first rioter to plead guilty to a felony, was sentenced to eight months in prison for obstruction of Congress.
▪ Former High Point police officer and member of the Oath Keepers, a militant alt-right group made up of current and former military and police
▪ Being tried jointly with 15 other suspected Oath Keepers members. North Carolina served as a training ground and munitions supplier for the group, the Observer previously reported
▪ Released on her own recognizance in a “high intensity supervision program.” Pleaded not guilty to four felony and misdemeanor charges
▪ Steele and other Oath Keepers filed a motion to dismiss earlier this month claiming that their charges were overblown, according to The High Point Enterprise
▪ Next court date set for Aug. 10.
Bradley Bennett, Trinity and Huntersville
▪ An outspoken adherent of the unfounded QAnon theory, which holds that former President Donald Trump was fighting a Democratic Party conspiracy of demonic, cannibalistic pedophiles, the Observer previously reported