The primary particular person sentenced to laborious time for enjoying a task within the January 6 Capitol riot was seen saying an emotional farewell to his girlfriend only a day after he admitted his guilt in courtroom.
Each Paul Hodgkins and the unidentified girl appeared on the verge of tears as he left his house in Tampa, Florida, 24 hours after getting the information that he has to serve a jail sentence.
Hodgkins, a 38-year-old crane operator, was again house after his listening to in Washington D.C. the place he admitted to a felony cost of obstructing an official continuing — Congress’s certification of Joe Biden‘s election as president.
He obtained an eight-month sentence and was ordered to pay $2,000 restitution. Prosecutors had requested for 18 months, his protection referred to as for no jail time. The utmost sentence was 20 years.
In return for his responsible plea, prosecutors dropped prices of coming into a restricted constructing and disorderly conduct.
Paul Hodgkins pleaded responsible to a depend of obstructing an official continuing for storming the Capitol on Janury 6
DailyMail.com noticed Hodgkins and an unidentified girl on the verge of tears as he left his house in Tampa, Florida
Hodgkins was seen saying an emotional farewell to his girlfriend only a day after he admitted his guilt in courtroom
The unidentified girl, seen in a floral solar gown, appeard emotional as she and Hodgkins parted methods
Hodgkins was carrying a black T-shirt adverting Steadfast Model, a clothes firm that makes a speciality of ‘tattoo artwork’ clothes
Massachusetts-born Hodgkins was seen leaving his modest rented house within the working-class Sulphur Springs space of Tampa and driving off in his white Ford truck, festooned with a decals for 2 separate NFL groups, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots, in addition to the American flag.
Hodgkins took a selfie within the US Senate after breaching the constructing whereas wearing a ‘Trump 2020’ shirt
He was carrying a black T-shirt adverting Steadfast Model, a clothes firm that makes a speciality of ‘tattoo artwork’ clothes. His girlfriend wore a floral summer time gown.
Hodgkins shouldn’t be anticipated to begin serving his sentence for an additional 60 days, his legal professional Paul Leduc informed DailyMail.com. Though nothing is ready in stone, he’s more likely to serve his time in Coleman Penitentiary, a excessive safety federal jail 60 miles north of Tampa.
Throughout Monday’s listening to, Hodgkins stated he was ashamed of his actions on January 6 and stated he received caught up within the pleasure of the second.
‘If I had any concept that the protest … would escalate (the way in which) it did … I might by no means have ventured farther than the sidewalk of Pennsylvania Avenue,’ he informed Choose Randolph Moss.
‘This was a silly resolution on my half.’
However the authorities submitting argued that he might have stopped earlier than coming into the Capitol. ‘Time and time once more, fairly than flip round and retreat, Hodgkins pressed ahead,’ it learn.
Hodgkins had traveled alone from Tampa to Washington by bus, carrying a rope, protecting goggles and latex gloves — which prosecutors stated proved he was ready for violence. He was pictured contained in the Senate Chamber carrying the goggles and gloves.
On the time he sported a full beard, though he’s now clear shaven. He nonetheless has his shoulder-length hair which was tied in a ponytail when he left his home.
Video footage reveals Hodgkins contained in the Senate, carrying a Trump 2020 T-shirt, and an American flag flung over his shoulder. He took a selfie with bare-chested ‘QAnon shaman’ Jacob Chansley who wore a horned helmet.
Hodgkins has no prior felony report and was not accused of assaulting anybody or damaging property contained in the Capitol constructing.
On this picture from US Capitol Police video, Hodgkins stands within the effectively on the ground of the US Senate on January 6. Hodgkins was sentenced on Monday to eight months in jail
Hodgkins apologized for his actions through the riot. He stated he was ashamed of his actions, claiming he received caught up within the pleasure of the second
Hodgkins, pictured within the US Senate chamber on January 6, pleaded responsible in June for one depend of obstructing an official continuing
Leduc informed DailyMail.com that whereas he was completely happy that the choose gave him lower than half the really useful sentence, he worries about his shopper’s future.
‘This can be a man who made a judgment error,’ the legal professional stated. ‘He adopted the group. What number of children have accomplished that?’
‘He acknowledged very early that he had made a mistake and the prosecution admitted as a lot.
‘However now he has been sentenced to eight months in jail. He’ll most likely be out in 4 or 5, however then what? Will he have a job to go to? Will he nonetheless have a home to reside in?
‘Individuals say he ought to have gotten 10 years. In a means which will have been extra merciful. Proper now, he’s making an attempt to work out what his employers are going to do with him.
‘It could possibly be financially devastating for him.’
Leduc described Hodgkins as a hard-working blue-collar highschool graduate who lives paycheck-to-paycheck in one in all Tampa’s lowest revenue neighborhoods. He stated he was an Eagle Scout who usually volunteers at a meals financial institution.
A clean-shaven Hodgkins is seen leaving courtroom on Monday following the sentencing listening to
Data present that his one-bedroom house was final provided for hire at $775 a month.
He was a registered Impartial till the 2018 midterm elections when he turned a Republican. He took benefit of early voting in each the 2018 and 2020 elections.
The Justice Division believes Hodgkins’s sentencing might set a bar for others concerned within the Capitol riot. In a submitting urging an 18-month sentence, Particular U.S. Lawyer Mona Sedky wrote: ‘The necessity to deter others is very sturdy in circumstances involving home terrorism, which the breach of the Capitol definitely was.’
She additionally urged Choose Moss to acknowledge that the beliefs of individuals concerned within the assault on Congress make them ‘distinctive amongst criminals within the probability of recidivism.’
To this point round 500 individuals have been charged for his or her half within the riot with prices anticipated towards one other 100