Florida man gets 8 months in first felony sentencing in Capitol riot

Florida man gets 8 months in first felony sentencing in Capitol riot

By Tamar Lapin

A Florida man who breached the Senate chamber on Jan. 6 was sentenced to 8 months behind bars on Monday — in the first punishment handed to a Capitol rioter for a felony plea.

Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, apologized to the court, saying that he was ashamed of his actions and had gotten caught up in the moment when he joined the mob in the Capitol building.

“If I had any idea that the protest … would escalate (the way) it did … I would never have ventured farther than the sidewalk of Pennsylvania Avenue,” Hodgkins told the judge, adding, “This was a foolish decision on my part.”

Prosecutors had asked for him to serve 18 months, arguing in a recent filing that Hodgkins “like each rioter, contributed to the collective threat to democracy” by forcing lawmakers to temporarily halt their certification of President Biden’s election victory.

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