First Capitol Riot Felony Sentencing – 8 Months In Prison

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Paul Hodgkins, 38, is now the first insurrectionist convicted of a felony to be sentenced.

After pleading guilty last month to obstructing congressional proceedings on January 6 at the U.S. Capitol building, the Florida man was sentenced to 8 months in prison.

That falls well below the recommended sentencing guidelines of one to two years. Prosecutors had asked for 1.5 years.

But District Judge Randolph Moss chose to ignore that recommendation. Moss noted that, while Hodgkins contributed to a grave offense against democracy, he deserved some leniency because he pleaded guilty “exceptionally early,” wasn’t involved in violence and issued a “sincere” apology.

According to CNN, almost 550 rioters have been charged, and the Department of Justice says at least 230 of them have been charged with the same obstruction-of-Congress crime to which Hodgkins pleaded guilty.

Read more at CNN.