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Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Offender Sentenced 40 Months in Prison

Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Offender Sentenced 40 Months in Prison

Based on court documents, a former leader of the Proud Boys was sentenced on Tuesday to more than three years in jail for his involvement in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

On two felony counts—conspiracy to obstruct an official action and assaulting, resisting, or impeding a law enforcement officer—Charles Donohoe, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly to 40 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Donohoe, the second head of the Proud Boys, entered a guilty plea to the charges last year and consented to assist federal prosecutors in their investigation into the right-wing group’s purported involvement in recruiting members to obstruct the certification of the 2020 election results.

Depending on how much time he spends in jail after his arrest in March 2021, Donohoe may be eligible for release in the upcoming months.

Donohoe apologized for his acts on Tuesday at his sentence, addressing his family, the law enforcement personnel on Jan. 6, and “America as a whole.”

Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Offender Sentenced 40 Months in Prison

Donohoe was the previous head of the Proud Boys chapter in Kernersville, North Carolina.

Donohoe was directed by Enrique Tarrio, the national chief of the organization, who was given a 22-year prison sentence in September. Tarrio received the maximum penalty of four years for any person charged with involvement in the violence thus far.

While the sentencing guidelines indicated a jail term of 70 to 87 months, federal prosecutors sought a sentence of 35 to 43 months for Donohoe.

Prosecutors said that on the morning of January 6, Donohoe marched with over a hundred Proud Boys members from the Washington Monument to the Capitol. Prosecutors claim that he tossed two water bottles at a line of officers and then rejoiced, saying that January 6 had made him “feel like a complete warrior,” even though he did not enter the Capitol.

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