This was a fair sentence. It looks like those rioters with more serious charges, like weapons charges and assault charges, will get serious time, which is what they deserve. Of course, his day is coming for the instigator of it all, Donald J Trump.
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A Florida man was sentenced to eight months in prison Monday, marking the first felony sentence from the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, of Tampa, was arrested in February after the FBI received a tip identifying him carrying a large “Trump 2020” flag on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Hodgkins pleaded guilty in June to a single felony count of obstructing an official proceeding. The felony carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Following his prison sentence, Hodgkins will be placed under two years of supervised release.
Hodgkins is the third person to be sentenced for being part of the mayhem at the U.S. Capitol. In June, an Indiana woman was given three years probation after pleading guilty to a charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol. Last week a Florida man was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge.
More than 500 people have been charged with federal crimes for their role in the Jan. 6 Capitol invasion.
“Although you were only one member of a larger mob, you actively participated in a larger event that threatened the Capitol and democracy itself,” U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss of Washington, D.C., said during the two-hour court proceeding.
Moss called the events that unfolded at the Capitol “extraordinary” and an “assault on democracy.”
Hodgkins described his actions on Jan. 6 as the result of a “foolish decision” and told the court that he was “caught up in an emotional protest.”
“I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am truly remorseful and regretful for my actions, not because I face consequences but because of the damage that day’s incident caused and the way this country that I love has been hurt,” Hodgkins said Monday.
Trump, during a rally outside the White House, encouraged thousands of supporters to march to the Capitol to protest what historically have been ceremonial proceedings.