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Hawaiʻi Proud Boys leader to plead guilty in US Capitol riot case

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Federal prosecutors said Nicholas Ochs, left, and Nicholas DeCarlo, right, posed next to the words “murder the media” on a door at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The founder of the Hawaiʻi chapter of the far-right extremist group the Proud Boys intends to plead guilty to charges related to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Nicholas Ochs entered an agreement with federal prosecutors in which he will plead guilty to obstructing an official proceeding, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported, and the government will drop another dozen charges against him and an alleged accomplice.

Ochs was arrested in Hawaiʻi the day after the mob he was a part of entered the Capitol in protest of former President Donald Trump's election defeat. Ochs posted a photo of himself on Twitter inside the Capitol, grinning and smoking a cigarette.

The dropped charges will include theft, destruction of government property, engaging in physical violence in a restricted building and conspiracy.

Ochs was the Republican Party’s candidate to represent Waikīkī in the state House of Representatives in the November 2020 election. Ochs lost to Democrat Adrian Tam after winning nearly 30% of the vote.

A plea hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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