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“This was a foolish decision on my part that I take full responsibility for ... I do not nor will not make any excuse.”

Florida resident Paul Hodgkins who received the first felony sentence (8 months) for his January 6 actions on Capitol Hill.

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  • washington
  • Hodgkins walked onto the Senate floor that day with a large “Trump 2020” flag; he pleaded guilty of a single count of obstructing an official proceeding.
  • Hodgkins says he had no ambition to enter the U.S. Capitol that day; he had only come to Washington D.C. to support Pres. Trump.
  • He also said during his sentencing: “I say this not because I face consequence, but because of the damage that day’s incident caused, the way this country that I love has been hurt."

Why This Matters: This is the very first federal sentence related to the January 6 riot. The sentencing guidelines recommended upwards of 18 months; Hodgkins received 8 months. The judge explained that while Hodgkins had no previous record, and wasn’t caught in a violent act, he still deserved the sentence because he _“actively and intentionally participated in an event that threatened not only the security of the Capitol but democracy itself.” _Some say this will serve as a precedent for other cases moving forward.

Capitol Rioter Who Walked On Senate Floor On Jan. 6 Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison