Through Mark Hosenball
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal pass judgement on on Monday passed down an eight-month jail sentence to Floridian Paul Hodgkins for his function within the Jan. 6 assault at the U.S. Capitol, making him the primary amongst masses of accused rioters going through prosecution to be incarcerated.
Hodgkins, 38, pleaded to blame on June 2 to obstruction of an authentic continuing, as Congress used to be within the technique of officially certifying Joe Biden’s election remaining November as U.S. president when supporters of former President Donald Trump rampaged during the construction.
At a sentencing listening to on Monday, prosecutor Mona Sedky instructed U.S. District Pass judgement on Randolph Moss that Hodgkins, a Tampa resident, donned goggles prior to coming into the Senate chamber all over the revolt and “proudly posed for selfies,” which he texted to buddies.
Sedky stated that Hodgkins didn’t spoil any assets “and he didn’t injure any individual.”
In a observation to the court docket, Hodgkins stated he used to be “remorseful and regretful” for his movements in Washington and stated that those movements can have emboldened others to interact in harmful acts.
“This used to be a silly determination on my section that I take complete accountability for,” Hodgkins instructed the court docket.
Moss agreed that Hodgkins had no longer been violent, didn’t threaten any individual and didn’t arrange the Capitol assault. However the pass judgement on stated that Hodgkins went to the Capitol “to obstruct the certification of the election, and he admitted that he did so.”
The pass judgement on stated that whilst he believes that Hodgkins’ participation within the revolt used to be an “aberration in his existence,” he additionally believed that the Jan. 6 assault had “tarnished” U.S. historical past and that it can be crucial to discourage long term rioters.
Greater than 535 folks were charged with participating within the assault, an unsuccessful try to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory over Trump, who had falsely claimed the election used to be stolen from him via common vote casting fraud.
Whilst different accused Jan. 6 rioters have entered to blame pleas, Hodgkins become the primary to be sentenced to jail.
(Reporting via Mark Hosenball; Modifying via Will Dunham)