Florida Man Who Breached Senate Chamber During Capitol Riots Gets 8-Months In Jail


Hundreds of supporters of then-president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6

Washington:

- Advertisement -

A Florida man who breached the US Senate chamber during the violent January 6 Capitol riots was jailed for eight months Monday, in the closely-watched first sentencing hearing for someone convicted of a felony over the attack.

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 documents said.

- Advertisement -

Hodgkins, who was identified in photographs brandishing a Trump campaign flag in the Senate, had admitted obstructing congressional proceedings.

The sentence is 10 months shorter than the Justice Department requested. Prosecutors acknowledged, however, that Hodgkins “did not personally engage in or espouse violence or property destruction.”

“He accepted responsibility early and in a fulsome manner,” court documents read.

- Advertisement -

Hundreds of supporters of then-president Donald Trump, many associated with ultra-nationalist and white supremacist groups, stormed the US legislature on January 6 to halt Biden’s confirmation.

They had been egged on by Trump, whose fiery speech falsely claiming election fraud was the culmination of months of lies about a contest he lost fairly to Biden.

A comfortable majority of 57 senators — including seven from his own party — voted to convict Trump after he was impeached by the House for inciting the riot, although this fell short of the two-thirds majority required under Senate rules to unseat a president.

Hodgkins spent less than half an hour inside the Capitol, court documents added, stopping to take “‘selfie-style’ photographs” inside the Senate chamber.

As the first rioter facing prison time after being convicted of a felony, Hodgkins’ case is being seen as a possible bellwether for the prospects of other felons convicted over the attack.

More than 535 protesters have been arrested with the investigation ongoing, and at least 165 people have been charged with assaulting or obstructing law enforcement.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


Source Link

- Advertisement -

Share

Latest Updates

WHO Urges Action To Suppress Covid Before Deadlier Variants Emerge

<!-- -->Geneva, Switzerland: The Delta variant of Covid-19 is a warning to the world to suppress the virus quickly before it mutates again...

Studios Will “Try To Make Up For Covid Losses On Our Backs” – Deadline

Upcoming negotiations for a new film and TV contract covering members of Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 “will be more difficult than usual, as...

The Walt Disney Co. Will Require That Employees Be Vaccinated – Deadline

The Walt Disney Co. has added its name to the growing list of major corporations mandating that employees to be fully vaccinated. The new...

Trending News

WHO Urges Action To Suppress Covid Before Deadlier Variants Emerge

<!-- -->Geneva, Switzerland: The Delta variant of Covid-19 is a warning to the world to suppress the virus quickly before it mutates again...

Studios Will “Try To Make Up For Covid Losses On Our Backs” – Deadline

Upcoming negotiations for a new film and TV contract covering members of Hollywood’s Teamsters Local 399 “will be more difficult than usual, as...

The Walt Disney Co. Will Require That Employees Be Vaccinated – Deadline

The Walt Disney Co. has added its name to the growing list of major corporations mandating that employees to be fully vaccinated. The new...

‘Nature Cat’ Animated Series With Taran Killam & Kate McKinnon Renewed For Seasons 4 & 5 By PBS Kids – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: PBS Kids has handed the Daytime Emmy-nominated animated series Nature Cat renewals for both season four and season five. Created by David Rudman...

Bob Odenkirk Says He Had Small Heart Attack But Will Be Back Soon – Deadline

After word came earlier today from Bob Odenkirk’s pal and sometimes creative partner David Cross that the world would be hearing soon from...

Tom Hanks Boards Wes Anderson Film – Deadline

Tom Hanks has joined the next Wes Anderson film, Deadline has confirmed. The movie is expected to shoot in Spain. Already on board are...