Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Charge

A Florida man who was among the many offended mob that entered the Senate on Jan. 6 pleaded responsible on Wednesday to a single felony depend, turning into the second particular person to date to publicly admit wrongdoing in reference to the riot on the Capitol.

Paul A. Hodgkins, 38, of Tampa, was caught on video breaching the Senate whereas carrying a Trump flag. At a listening to in Federal District Court in Washington, Mr. Hodgkins pleaded responsible to the highest cost in his case: obstructing an official continuing of Congress. As a part of an settlement with the federal government, 4 lesser expenses had been dismissed.

Under the plea settlement, the federal government beneficial that Mr. Hodgkins, a crane operator, obtain a sentence of between 15 to 21 months in jail. His case supplies an early trace of the penalties that some 200 different equally charged defendants could face in the event that they plead responsible too.

Since Jan. 6, about 450 individuals from practically each state have been charged in reference to the riot, which contributed to the deaths of 5 individuals and resulted in accidents to practically 140 cops. About half of these dealing with expenses have been accused of misdemeanors — largely trespassing and disorderly conduct — and could also be sentenced to little or no jail time in any respect.

Many extra defendants are in negotiations with the federal government and are anticipated to plead responsible within the days and weeks to come. But just one different particular person to date, Jon Ryan Schaffer, a heavy steel musician linked to the Oath Keepers militia, has formally entered a responsible plea.