Paul Hodgkins has just become the first to be convicted.
Reports indicate that Paul Hodgkins has been convicted on a felony for his role in the January 6th riots, and has received a sentence of 8 months in prison.
Officials are hoping that the punishment will deter people from breaching the Capitol in the future.
It remains to be seen what will become of all the other people awaiting trial in connection with the events of the 6th, but many are already saying it’s going to get political.
Democrats need everything they can get to try and hold onto power, and you can bet that ‘insurrection’ is going to be one of the banners they all get behind.
Here’s the latest information on the Hodgkins conviction:
SENTENCED: Paul Hodgkins gets 8 months for his part in the January 6th Capitol breach. Hodgkins' attorney, Patrick Leduc, speaks to Greg Kelly Reports about the effects and possible politicization of this case. pic.twitter.com/1KkfcSk5sD
— Newsmax (@newsmax) July 20, 2021
!! ALERT: Judge has just sentenced Jan 6 defendant Paul Hodgkins to 8 months in prison
LESS than the 18 months prosecutors were seeking…
Judge cites lack of criminal record, lack of any leadership of mob on Jan 6, says Hodgkins statement to court as "sincere" pic.twitter.com/7Adgh3NoZM
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 19, 2021
Paul Hodgkins’ sentencing is the first in a felony case stemming from the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters. It is viewed as a potential bellwether for how other Capitol defendants charged with similar offenses are likely to be treated.
Hodgkins pleaded guilty last month to a single count of obstructing an official proceeding. On Jan. 6, he marched from then-President Donald Trump’s rally near the White House to the Capitol, where he walked inside and onto the floor of the Senate while carrying a red “Trump 2020” flag.
In court Monday, Hodgkins, dressed in a dark suit with his hair pulled back in a pony tail, said he was “truly remorseful and regretful” for his actions on Jan. 6.
“Jan. 6 was an act of domestic terrorism” declares the US Attorney overseeing the case of Paul Hodgkins, who was just sentenced to 8 months in prison. Hodgkins pleaded guilty to an "obstruction" charge which involved him taking selfies — obviously the essence of "terrorism" pic.twitter.com/76QKEbfmzI
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 19, 2021
— 🇺🇸 Anthony Hodgkins #FreePaul (@anthonycwalker) July 19, 2021
CNN came through with more details:
That being said, Moss continued, “Hodgkins did some very bad things that day and caused some real damage to this country, but I don’t consider him to be a threat or see him as an evil person. This is a very bad episode in his life and a very bad episode in this country … some sentences will be far higher, and some will be far lower. This is what I believe is a fair sentence.”
In addition to prison, Hodgkins was ordered to pay $2,000 to repair damage to the Capitol.
On paper, the obstruction charge carries a maximum 20 years in prison, but judges rarely give defendants the maximum punishment. The sentencing guidelines, based on the specifics of this case and Hodgkins’ history, suggested he might receive between one to two years in prison.
The judge said Hodgkins could self-surrender when prison officials tell him where he will serve his sentence. He walked out of the DC federal courthouse after the two-hour hearing and was smiling while reporters shouted questions at him and his attorney while they exited the area.