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In A Capitol Attack, A Florida Man Stormed The Senate Floor Waving A Trump Flag And Reached A Plea Deal.
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In A Capitol Attack, A Florida Man Stormed The Senate Floor Waving A Trump Flag And Reached A Plea Deal.


A Florida man who stormed the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 while wearing a “Trump 2020” T-shirt and carrying a Trump flag pleaded guilty on Wednesday, becoming the second defendant to reach a plea deal in connection with the Capitol attack.

On Wednesday, Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, while four other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Hodgkins told Judge Randolph D. Moss that he had been in counseling through his employer since his arrest.

According to the agreed-upon statement of facts in the case, as read by a federal prosecutor, Hodgkins entered the United States Capitol building wearing a "dark t-shirt with the word 'Trump' in white letters," carried a "red flag with 'TRUMP 2020' in white letters," and took "selfie-style" photos of himself inside the Senate chamber.

The maximum sentence for the charge is 20 years in prison, but defendants rarely receive the maximum, and Hodgkins (who the government alleges did not engage in any violence) will almost certainly receive a much shorter sentence. The ultimate sentence will be determined by the judge, who will consider Hodgkins' criminal history and other factors before imposing a sentence.

On February 14, Hodgkins was arrested in Florida on a criminal complaint.

On February 14, Hodgkins was arrested in Florida on a criminal complaint..16 after a witness who knew Hodgkins informed the FBI that he had received a copy of a selfie Hodgkins posted on Parler showing him on the Senate floor.

On February 14, Hodgkins was arrested in Florida on a criminal complaint..16 after a witness who knew Hodgkins informed the FBI that he had received a copy of a selfie Hodgkins posted on Parler showing him on the Senate floor..Hodgkins told FBI agents that he traveled to Washington by bus alone before the Jan. 1st incident.

On February 14, Hodgkins was arrested in Florida on a criminal complaint..16 after a witness who knew Hodgkins informed the FBI that he had received a copy of a selfie Hodgkins posted on Parler showing him on the Senate floor..Hodgkins told FBI agents that he traveled to Washington by bus alone before the Jan. 1st incident..According to his criminal complaint, he was the victim of a June 6 attack.

On February 14, Hodgkins was arrested in Florida on a criminal complaint..16 after a witness who knew Hodgkins informed the FBI that he had received a copy of a selfie Hodgkins posted on Parler showing him on the Senate floor..Hodgkins told FBI agents that he traveled to Washington by bus alone before the Jan. 1st incident..According to his criminal complaint, he was the victim of a June 6 attack..A federal grand jury indicted Hodgkins on five counts on March 5: obstructing an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.

On February 14, Hodgkins was arrested in Florida on a criminal complaint..16 after a witness who knew Hodgkins informed the FBI that he had received a copy of a selfie Hodgkins posted on Parler showing him on the Senate floor..Hodgkins told FBI agents that he traveled to Washington by bus alone before the Jan. 1st incident..According to his criminal complaint, he was the victim of a June 6 attack..A federal grand jury indicted Hodgkins on five counts on March 5: obstructing an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building..

Hodgkins is the second Jan. 6 defendant to enter a guilty plea in the Capitol attack; in mid-May, Jon Schaffer, a heavy metal guitarist with the Oath Keepers, pleaded guilty to two counts.

The FBI received hundreds of thousands of tips in connection with the Capitol attack, and the unprecedented investigation has at times overwhelmed federal authorities. Federal authorities have charged over 400 defendants in connection with the Capitol attacks, and hundreds more arrests are expected.

Most federal cases end in plea bargains, and given the strain that the Capitol cases have placed on the federal courthouse in the District of Columbia, it's likely that many more plea bargains are on the way. The government has indicated that it is discussing plea bargains in a number of prominent Capitol riot cases.

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