Paul Allard Hodgkins, a 38-year-old crane operator from Tampa who pleaded guilty in June to one felony count of entering the Capitol to obstruct Congress on January 6 was jailed for eight months being the first sentenced in this incident. In addition to prison, Hodgkins was ordered to pay $2,000 to repair damage to the Capitol. Video footage shows Hodgkins inside the Senate chamber, wearing a Trump 2020 t-shirt, with a pair of goggles around his neck and a Trump flag slung over his shoulder. Court documents include a selfie taken by Hodgkins inside the Senate. He joined a group of rioters who assembled at the front of the Senate chamber, with the intention to obstruct the certification of the 2020 Presidential election. In fact, prosecutors had asked for a term of 18 months, saying Hodgkins “contributed to the collective threat to democracy”.
A lawyer for Hodgkins had asked for judge for leniency. Judge Randolph Moss called the Capitol attack “an assault on Democracy,” but said Hodgkins’ lack of criminal history and willingness to accept responsibility warranted a lower sentence. “When a mob is prepared to attack the Capitol to prevent elected officials from both parties from performing their constitutional and statutory duty, democracy is in trouble,” Moss added. Hodgkins apologized for his actions. Hundreds of upcoming cases from the Capitol riots are expected to be solved. The FBI has so far arrested more than 535 people for criminal activity. Anna Morgan-Lloyd, a 49-year-old woman from Indiana, received three years of probation and no jail time after pleading guilty in June to a disorderly conduct charge, a misdemeanour.