Charles Donohoe, a high-ranking Proud Boys leader has pleaded guilty on Friday over his participation in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, in a deal in which he will assist the Justice Department to prosecute his fellow militia members over their involvement on the planning of the attack, The Daily Beast reports.
Donohoe, leader of the far-right group’s North Carolina chapter, reportedly pleaded guilty to conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding and assaulting an officer, and expected to cooperate with the Justice Department in its ongoing investigation of the Proud Boys and their role in the deadly January 6 riot, according to the news outlet.
As noted by The Beast, “the plea—the first from a core group of Proud Boys accused of planning the attack—comes amid a recent wave of guilty pleas from Proud Boys involved in the riot.
As part of his plea, Donohoe admitted that he was a leader of a core Proud Boys group called the Ministry of Self Defense (MOSD), which convened for the express purpose of discussing an attack on the Capitol, according to the Daily Beast.
Among the named MOSD members were Donohoe, the Proud Boys’ then-chairman Enrique Tarrio, as well as Proud Boy leaders Ethan Nordean, Joe Biggs, and Zachary Rehl.
Donohoe is the third Proud Boy to plead guilty this week, suggesting that the group’s solidarity is falling apart.
Read the full report at The Daily Beast.