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These North Carolinians face charges in the Capitol Riot.  Here is where their cases are


They conducted it like a military operation.

Equipped with walkie-talkies, combat vests and other “paramilitary equipment and supplies,” the leaders of the right-wing Proud Boys split into “teams” led by “commanders” to coordinate the breach of the United States Capitol. United Jan. 6, federal prosecutors say.

Charles Donohoe, chairman of a Proud Boys branch 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: conspiring to defraud the United States, obstructing Congress, obstructing law enforcement during civil unrest, destroying government property, entry and stay in a restricted building and disorderly conduct in a restricted building.

He pleaded not guilty on April 15 to all charges, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

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 showing Donohoe and an alleged member of the Proud Boys wearing a police riot shield stolen through the crowd, according to CBS News.

After the first criminal in the Capitol riot has been sentenced to prison, will the NC defendants follow?

Donohoe is one of 13 North Carolina residents facing felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with the Capitol Riots. As prosecutors sift through more than 16,000 hours of footage from Jan. 6, some high-priority suspects may not be tried until January or next spring, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

However, other cases have progressed. About 20 of the more than 500 suspects arrested nationwide have pleaded guilty so far, according to the Post. On Monday, Paul Hodgkins of Florida, the first rioter to plead guilty to a felony, was sentenced to eight months in prison for obstructing Congress.

Here is the current status of the 12 other North Carolina suspects, according to court documents:

Laura Steele, Thomasville

Former High Point Police Officer and member of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militant group made up of former and former military and police

Be tried along with 15 other alleged members of the Oath Keepers. North Carolina served as a training ground and ammunition supplier for the group, the Observer previously reported.

Released on her own engagement in a “high intensity supervision program”. Pleaded not guilty to four counts of felony and misdemeanor

Steele and other Oath Keepers filed a motion to dismiss earlier this month, claiming their accusations were exaggerated, according to The High Point Enterprise

The next court date is August 10.

Bradley Bennett, Trinity and Huntersville

An outspoken supporter of QAnon’s baseless theory, which argues that former President Donald Trump was fighting a Democratic Party conspiracy of demonic and cannibalistic pedophiles, the Observer previously reported.

Released on his own commitment. Pleaded not guilty to six counts of felony and misdemeanor

Next hearing date is August 31

Christopher and Virginia Spencer, Pilot Mountain

A married couple released on their own. Both pleaded not guilty to all counts: five counts of felony and misdemeanor for Chris Spencer, four counts of misdemeanor for Virginia Spencer

Chris Spencer broadcast live inside the Capitol, the Observer previously reported

The couple’s next court date is set for August 3

Matthew Wood, Reidsville

Claimed he entered the Capitol to avoid being stepped on, despite a photo of him climbing into the building through a window, the Observer previously reported

Released on his own commitment. Pleaded not guilty to six counts of felony and misdemeanor

Next hearing date is August 3

Lewis Cantwell, Sylva

Released on his own commitment. Faces six counts of felony and misdemeanor

Next court date is August 12

James “Les” Little, Claremont

Was handed over to the FBI by a family member he texted during the Capitol breach, the Observer previously reported

Released on his own commitment. Pleaded not guilty to four counts of misdemeanor

Next hearing date set for August 31

Stephen Maury Baker, Garner

Known as “Stephen Ignoramus” on his social media accounts, where he broadcast live storming the Capitol, according to a criminal complaint

Released on his own commitment. Pleaded not guilty to three counts of misdemeanor

The next hearing date is set for September 14

Grayson Sherrill, Cherryville

On trial with two other suspected Capitol intruders, Elliot Bishai and Elias Irizarry of Fort Mill, SC

Released on his own commitment. Pleaded not guilty to four counts of misdemeanor

The next court date is July 21

Johnny Harris, Shelby

Released on his own commitment. Pleaded not guilty to four counts of misdemeanor

Next court date is August 12

Stephen Horn, Wake Forest

Released on his own commitment. Pleaded not guilty to four counts of misdemeanor

Next court date is August 4

Anthony Scirica, Kernersville

Released on his own commitment. Faces four misdemeanor charges

The arraignment is scheduled for August 31 after his arrest on June 16



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