Proud Boys Member Pleads Guilty for Role in Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

A New York member of far-right extremist group Proud Boys pleaded guilty on Dec. 22 to felony charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, becoming the first member to do so.

Matthew Greene of Syracus pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, the Department of Justice announced.

Greene, 34, faces up to five years in prison on the conspiracy charge and up to 20 years in prison, as well as potential fines, on the obstruction charge.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Greene will cooperate with authorities in the investigation.

According to the Department of Justice, Greene was among the first wave of rioters who pushed through police barriers and advanced into the Capitol building.

“He participated with other rioters, including members of the Proud Boys, in moving police barricades out from under the scaffolding. Greene did not leave the Capitol grounds for some time, and he observed many people, including people he believed to be members of the Proud Boys, helping other rioters climb over a wall onto the stairs to the Upper West Terrace and on to the Capitol,” a court document said.

Authorities arrested Greene on April 21, following his indictment along with fellow Proud Boys members Dominic Pezzola of Rochester, New York and William Pepe of Beacon, New York — both of whom have pleaded not guilty to charges.

Greene remains detained pending sentencing, which was scheduled for March 10, 2022.


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