Florida Man Pleads Guilty in Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Case

A man from Tampa, Florida who was among the hundreds of Trump supporters that stormed the U.S. Capitol last Jan. 6 pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Paul Hodgkins pleaded guilty on June 2 to one count of obstructing an official proceeding, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Federal District Court Judge Randolph Moss, however, said that federal guidelines indicate a range of one to two years in prison.

Hodgkins also agreed to pay $2,000 in damages.

Patrick Leduc, Hodgkins’ attorney said that Hodgkins admitted his guilt because “there’s no justification for January 6th.”

“He acknowledges what he did was wrong, and there’s no excuses for it,” Leduc said.

Hodgkins is scheduled to be sentenced on July 19, according to the Justice Department.

In exchange for the guilty plea, the Justice Department dropped four other charges against him — one count of parading or picketing in the Capitol, two counts of disorderly conduct, and one count of unlawful entry.

Hodgkins’ plea does not obligate him to cooperate with authorities in the investigation, unlike with Jon Schaffer who was the first to plead guilty last April.

Hodgkins was photographed wearing a Trump T-shirt and carrying a large red “Trump 2020 flag” inside the Senate chamber during the riot.

According to the Justice Department, Hodgkins entered the Senate chamber, walked among the desks, walked towards several individuals who were shouting, praying, and cheering using a bullhorn, and stood with them — all in 15 minutes.

Security forces arrested Hodgkins last Feb. 16 after the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it received a tip that identified him among hundreds of rioters caught in photographs and videos.


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