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Charles Joseph Donohoe

A Kernersville man charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot will remain in federal detention at least into early this week as a judge contemplates a…

Charles Donohoe, Kernersville resident and president of Piedmont chapter of the Proud Boys, played a pivotal role in planning U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors. Donohoe, they said, was part of a small group of Proud Boys members charged with organizing the Jan. 6 event and messages on Telegram indicate that Donohoe was familiar with that plan. Donohoe is appealing the decision to keep him detained while awaiting trial. 

Charles Donohoe's attorney has filed an appeal to a decision to keep Donohoe in federal custody. Lisa Costner, the attorney, says that Donohoe, a Kernersville resident, didn't attack law-enforcement officers or destroy property during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and returned home afterward, where he focused on raising his 5-year-old son, going to work and helping find a missing 14-year-old Davidson County girl who was abducted and later found alive in another state. 

Charles Donohoe, local Proud Boys leader and Kernersville resident, is appealing the decision to keep him in federal custody. A federal judge ruled that he should remain detained last week. Donohoe, president of the Piedmont chapter of the Proud Boys, is accused, among other things, of creating new messaging chats to avoid law-enforcement detection in the days before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

Charles Donohoe, Proud Boys leader who lives in Kernersville, was at a hearing to determine if he stays in federal custody. Prosecutors portray him as a pivotal and influential leader who helped get hundreds of people from around the country to come to Washington, D.C. to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. But his attorney said Donohoe wasn't involved in the planning and only decided at the last minute to go to Washington, D.C. A judge will decide on Thursday whether to keep Donohoe in federal custody. 

Attorney for Charles Donohoe, a Kernersville resident facing charges from Jan. 6 Capitol riot, says her client poses no flight risk and should be released from prison. She said prosecutors have no evidence that Donohoe played a pivotal part in the Capitol riot. She also describes Donohoe as a family man who loves law-enforcement and his country. 

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