A federal make a resolution on Monday dealt an eight-month prison sentence to Paul Hodgkins for the Florida man’s role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, making him the first amongst bigger than 500 accused rioters facing criminal charges to be incarcerated.
Hodgkins, 38, pleaded guilty on June 2 to 1 criminal count of obstruction of an reliable proceeding, as Congress changed into in the direction of of formally certifying Joe Biden’s election final November as US president when supporters of then-President Donald Trump rampaged in the course of the building.
Prosecutors had requested US District Deem Randolph Moss to impose a sentence of 18 months in prison. Hodgkins’ attorney, Patrick Leduc, had entreated that his client assist no prison time.
During a sentencing hearing, Hodgkins instructed Moss he is “remorseful and regretful” for his actions and acknowledged that his conduct could presumably merely have emboldened others to carry in unfavorable acts.
“This changed into a foolish resolution on my part that I shield plump responsibility for,” added Hodgkins, a Tampa resident.
To this point, 17 individuals have pleaded guilty to riot-linked charges, a law enforcement reliable acknowledged.
Prosecutor Mona Sedky instructed the make a resolution that Hodgkins donned protective goggles sooner than entering the Senate chamber during the riot and “proudly posed for selfies,” which he texted to chums. Sedky acknowledged that Hodgkins didn’t assassinate any property “and he didn’t injure any individual.”
Moss agreed that Hodgkins had no longer been violent, didn’t threaten any individual and didn’t manage the Capitol attack. However the make a resolution acknowledged Hodgkins went to the Capitol “to hinder the certification of the election, and he admitted that he did so.”
The make a resolution acknowledged that while he believes Hodgkins’ participation in the riot changed into an “aberration in his life,” he additionally believed the January 6 attack had “tarnished” US historical previous and that future riots wished to be deterred.
Bigger than 535 individuals have been charged with taking part in the attack, which followed Trump’s repeated unsuitable claims that the election changed into stolen from him through accepted voting fraud.
Hodgkins grew to turn into the first individual facing charges stemming from the riot to be sentenced to prison. The entirely numerous individual so some distance to be sentenced on riot-linked charges, Anna Morgan-Lloyd of Indiana, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and got three years of probation.
A bunch of riot defendants whose circumstances are pending face extra severe criminal charges than Hodgkins, and potentially longer prison terms.