The primary individual sentenced to laborious time for taking part in a job 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 lady appeared on the verge of tears as he left his residence 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 residence 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 known as for no jail time. The utmost sentence was 20 years.
In return for his responsible plea, prosecutors dropped fees 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 lady on the verge of tears as he left his residence 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 lady, seen in a floral solar gown, appeard emotional as she and Hodgkins parted methods
Hodgkins was sporting 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 residence 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 sporting 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 isn’t 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 prone to serve his time in Coleman Penitentiary, a excessive safety federal jail 60 miles north of Tampa.
Throughout Monday’s listening to, Hodgkins mentioned he was ashamed of his actions on January 6 and mentioned he bought caught up within the pleasure of the second.
‘If I had any concept that the protest … would escalate (the best way) 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 choice on my half.’
However the authorities submitting argued that he may have stopped earlier than coming into the Capitol. ‘Time and time once more, somewhat 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 mentioned proved he was ready for violence. He was pictured contained in the Senate Chamber sporting 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, sporting 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 properly 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 mentioned he was ashamed of his actions, claiming he bought 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 glad that the decide gave him lower than half the really useful sentence, he worries about his shopper’s future.
‘It is a man who made a judgment error,’ the legal professional mentioned. ‘He adopted the group. What number of children have completed 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 in all probability be out in 4 or 5, however then what? Will he have a job to go to? Will he nonetheless have a home to dwell in?
‘Folks say he ought to have gotten 10 years. In a manner that will have been extra merciful. Proper now, he’s attempting 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 certainly one of Tampa’s lowest revenue neighborhoods. He mentioned he was an Eagle Scout who often volunteers at a meals financial institution.
A clean-shaven Hodgkins is seen leaving courtroom on Monday following the sentencing listening to
Information present that his one-bedroom condo was final provided for hire at $775 a month.
He was a registered Unbiased till the 2018 midterm elections when he grew to become a Republican. He took benefit of early voting in each the 2018 and 2020 elections.
The Justice Division believes Hodgkins’s sentencing may 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 robust in circumstances involving home terrorism, which the breach of the Capitol actually 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 chance of recidivism.’
Up to now round 500 folks have been charged for his or her half within the riot with fees anticipated towards one other 100