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January 6: First Capitol rioter sentenced to prison time
A Florida man has become the first to be sentenced to prison for his part in the US Capitol riots on 6 January.

Paul Allard Hodgkins pleaded guilty in June to one felony count of entering the Capitol to obstruct Congress. He was jailed for eight months.

Prosecutors had asked for a term of 18 months, saying Hodgkins "contributed to the collective threat to democracy".

The sentence is expected to set a benchmark for hundreds of upcoming cases from the Capitol riots.

Hodgkins, 38, told a Washington DC court that taking part in the invasion of the Capitol had been a "foolish decision".

He said he regretted "the damage that day's incident caused and the way this country that I love has been hurt".

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jul 19th, 2021 at 07:01:19 PM EST
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