Judge sentences Florida man involved in Capitol riot to 8 months in prison

According to Fox News, a Florida man became the first person involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to be sentenced to prison on felony-level charges. 

Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, from Tampa, Florida, was hit with an eight-month sentence for his role in the unfortunate events that transpired on the day of the riot. He pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding and was one of the rioters who entered the Senate floor. He was given a reduced sentence as he was determined to not be one of the organizers of the rioting event.

The felony charge he faced carried a maximum penalty of up to 20 years behind bars.

The judge explains

“Although you were only one member of a larger mob, you actively participated in a larger event that threatened the Capitol and democracy itself,” said U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss of Washington, according to NBC News.

“The damage that was caused that way was way beyond a several-hour delay of the vote certification. It is a damage that will persist in this country for several decades,” Moss added.

Though prosecutors in the case pushed for a steeper sentence, hoping for at least 18 months, they acknowledged that Hodgkins made a sound decision by owning up to his actions early on and pleading guilty.

“I am truly remorseful”

According to People, Hodgkins said in a statement, “I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am truly remorseful and regretful for my actions, not because I face consequences but because of the damage that day’s incident caused and the way this country that I love has been hurt.”

“I realize that my involvement did still contribute to the greater problem that took place. The company of us who remained calmer in our protests may have made others feel emboldened,” Hodgkins added.

A report from The New York Times revealed that “authorities have arrested nearly 550 people in the Capitol attack, and as of late last week about 20 had entered guilty pleas.”

The Times added, “Only three defendants, including Mr. Hodgkins, have been sentenced, although more will follow this summer and into the fall.”

The issue will likely continue for some time as more of the suspects involved in the Capitol riot are processed through various court systems over the coming months and years.

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  6. I still think Jan 6th was staged and the demorats are pushing to get all the negative attention they can manage !!!! NASTY NANCY has even set up capital police in California and Florida !!! Are these police to be connected with local police OR will they answer to NANCY ???This seems like an over reach for the FEDS and pretty close to martial law to me !! Dos anyone else see this or am I wrong ???

  7. when in hell are they going to go after BLM and ANTIFA and arrest them for all the damage they did to our country

  8. Judge, this country is being hurt everyday. With the illegal so called President running the show. It is far worse than the “Mole Hill the Democrats and Media made into a Mountain”.

  9. This was just WRONG! Antifa and BLM walked away from what they did, which included murder……jan 6th was a setup but he gets 8 months? Everyone who was Really involved walks away? And capital police setting up inother stares where they DON’T BELONG? Pelosi’s brown shirts forcing states into submission? Hunger Games anyone? They called Trump all kinds of things, racist, fascist, THEY are those things, add the soc-ist, not-zee, com-ist, to that list, too!

  10. I think Pelosi ought to be in prison as well and our fine president should be behind bars as well its been said that he used private email to conduct deals with his crooked son Hunter so whats going to happen to them (NOTHING) just like the BLM will have nothing done

    1. Nothing will be done to Biden for what hes doing with his son. Look what Trump did with his kids n nothing has or will ever happen. Rich crooks run this country!!!

  11. And they didn’t do a damn thing to those POS’S that burned buildings looted and stole property. That judge needs to be thrown in jail and disbarred.

  12. Commie Judges for Biden! See how these B.S. Judges give a Man an 8 month sentence but another Judge just gave three Criminals FREEDOM! When I look at lady liberty I feel so many are being CHEATED FOR FREEDOM ( done the RIGHT WAY) under BIDEN! LOOK at him and the rest of the Democrats TURNING their BACKS on The Cuban People but yet when everything is over they will be the HYPOCRITES going OVER to Cuba only to rub it in their faces. You can not trust these people and their actions.

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