A federal judge on Monday sentenced Paul Hodgkins to eight months in prison for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, becoming the first person to be imprisoned among nearly 500 rioters facing criminal charges related to the attack.
Hodgkins, 38, pleaded guilty on June 2 to obstructing official action because Congress was in the process of formally confirming Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election when some Donald Trump supporters swarmed into the building.
Paul Hodgkins during the trial
During the sentencing hearing, Hodgkins said he was “remorseful and sorry” for his actions and acknowledged his behavior may have encouraged others to “commit subversive acts”. “It was a foolish decision on my part and I take full responsibility for it,” he added.
A law enforcement official said 17 people have so far pleaded guilty to charges related to the January 6 riots.
More than 535 people were charged with taking part in the attack, which followed Trump’s repeated allegations that the elections were “stolen from him through massive fraud”.
From the events of the Capitol Building on January 6th