A Florida man who was admitted to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 has been sentenced eight months imprisonment – the first such sentence for a felony charge of ‘disorder.’
The man, Paul Allard Hodgkins, has not been charged with property damage or assault – despite “contributing to the collective threat to democracy,” prosecutors agreed, asking for 18 months.
Hodgkins apologized and said he was ashamed of his actions, describing how he was caught in euphoria as he followed the crowd of hundreds of people to the Capitol.
“If I ever thought the protest would go (the way) it did… I never tried to get away from the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue,” he told the judge, adding that “It was a foolish decision on my part, “according to Associated Press.
In pronouncing the sentence, Judge Randolph Moss said Hodgkins played a role, if not as important as others, in one of the worst periods in American history. He still chose to give Hodgkins a year less in prison.
“That is not, by any extension of the imagination, a protest,”According to Moss. “This… is an attack on democracy. ”He added:” It leaves a stain that will remain on our… in the country for years to come. “
The verdict could set the bar for penalties on hundreds of other defendants as they decide whether to accept the plea deal or go to trial. Hodgkins and others have been charged with serious crimes but have not been charged, as have others, for roles in multiple conspiracies.
Under an agreement with the prosecutors, He pleaded guilty last month to a count of obstructing an official proceeding, with a maximum of 20 years in prison.. Instead, prosecutors agreed to drop much smaller charges, including entry into a restricted building and misconduct. -AP
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Sedky, while Hodgkins did not commit violence, he walked among the crowd committing “ransacking the People’s House.” – READ MORE
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