A Florida man who breached the Senate chamber on Jan. 6 is set to become the first Capitol rioter to be sentenced for a felony on Monday.
The hearing of Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, in Washington, DC, could set the bar for the punishments of hundreds of other defendants, should they choose to cop plea deals or go to trial.
Prosecutors want him to serve 18 months, arguing in a recent filing that Hodgkins “like each rioter, contributed to the collective threat to democracy” by forcing lawmakers to temporarily halt their certification of President Biden’s election victory.
Hodgkins was seen on videos and photos of the siege holding a “Trump 2020” flag over his shoulder on the Senate floor. He was also wearing a “Trump 2020” T-shirt and goggles around his neck as he took selfies with other rioters on the dais behind him.
Paul Allard Hodgkins seen after breaking into the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.AP