A Florida man who breached the US Senate chamber throughout the violent January 6 Capitol riots was jailed for eight months Monday, within the closely-watched first sentencing listening to for somebody convicted of a felony over the assault.
Paul Hodgkins, 38, illegally entered the Capitol — the citadel of US democracy in Washington — with eye goggles, rope and latex gloves as members of Congress gathered for a vote certifying the victory of president-elect Joe Biden, court docket paperwork mentioned.
Hodgkins, who was recognized in pictures brandishing a Trump flag within the Senate, had admitted obstructing congressional proceedings.
The sentence is 10 months shorter than the Justice Department requested. Prosecutors acknowledged, nevertheless, that Hodgkins “didn’t personally interact in or espouse violence or property destruction.”
“He accepted duty early and in a fulsome method,” court docket paperwork learn.
Hundreds of supporters of then-president Donald Trump, many related to ultra-nationalist and white supremacist teams, stormed the US legislature on January 6 to halt Biden’s affirmation.
They had been egged on by Trump, whose fiery speech falsely claiming election fraud was the end result of months of lies a couple of contest he misplaced pretty to Biden.
A cushty majority of 57 senators — together with seven from his personal get together — voted to convict Trump after he was impeached by the House for inciting the riot, though this fell in need of the two-thirds majority required below Senate guidelines to unseat a president .
Hodgkins spent lower than half an hour contained in the Capitol, court docket paperwork added, stopping to take “‘selfie-style’ pictures” contained in the Senate chamber.
As the primary rioter going through jail time after being convicted of a felony, Hodgkins’ case is being seen as a potential bellwether for the prospects of different felons convicted over the assault.
More than 535 folks have been arrested with the investigation ongoing, and not less than 165 folks have been charged with assaulting or obstructing regulation enforcement.
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