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US Capitol rioter gets 8 months in prison in first felony conviction

US Capitol rioter gets 8 months in prison in first felony conviction

Washington, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) A federal court in Florida sentenced Capitol rioter Paul Allard Hodgkins to eight months behind bars on Monday, less than half the term sought by prosecutors.
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Hodgkins, 38, pled guilty in June to breaching the Senate chamber and obstructing a proceeding when former US President Donald Trump’s supporters swarmed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Paul Allard Hodgkins reportedly apologized during his sentencing hearing, telling Judge Randolph Moss he was ashamed of his actions on Jan 6. Speaking calmly from a prepared text, he described being caught up in the euphoria as he walked down Washington’s most famous avenue, then followed a crowd of hundreds up Capitol Hill and into the Capitol building.

Over 440 people are indicted for the Capitol riots, which in addition to five deaths 140 agents were attacked by Trump´s supporters armed with axes, Louisville sluggers, hockey sticks and other weapons, according to local authorities.

The incident cropped up amid repeated accusations by former Republican Donald Trump of widespread voter fraud, in spite of the fact that courts, election officials and his own administration´s members strongly rejected such allegations and considered them as unfounded.

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