- 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.