Prosecutors estimated the cost of damages to the U.S. Capitol building from the Jan. 6 riot to be $1.5 million in court documents reviewed by the Washington Post in a report published Wednesday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Post reported, is seeking to recoup a major portion of the damages with restitution payments from Capitol defendants, who were prosecuted primarily for crimes of trespassing or disorderly conduct, or in some case violent conduct. Plea deals outline the arrangements for restitution.
“You client acknowledges that the riot that occurred on January 6, 2021, caused as of May 17, 2021, approximately $1,495,326.55 damage to the United States Capitol,” read one plea agreement reviewed by the Post.
The defendant, 38-year-old Paul Hodgkins from Florida, agreed to pay $2,000 in damages to the Treasury Department.
Several defense attorneys told the Post that prosecutors are seeking $2,000 in restitution in each felony case and $500 in misdemeanors. How prosecutors calculated the nearly $1.5 million