A Florida man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 6 Capitol brawl.

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A Florida man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges stemming from the Jan. 6 disturbance at the United States Capitol.

Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, pled guilty to one count of obstructing an official procedure in return for prosecutors agreeing to dismiss four additional minor counts stemming from his involvement during the disturbances.

According to federal sentencing guidelines, Hodgkins may face a jail sentence of 15 to 21 months, a fine of $7,500 to $75,000, and a $2,000 restitution payment for the obstruction offence.

Hodgkins was arrested on Feb. 16 after FBI agents said they were able to identify him in pictures and video footage taken at the Capitol on Jan. 6 after receiving a confidential tip.

Video showed Hodgkins inside the well of the Senate chamber, waving a red “Trump 2020” flag and putting on latex gloves while standing near a pile of papers on a desk in the chamber.

In an interview with the FBI, Hodgkins confirmed that he was the man in the photos and videos and that he took a bus from Florida to Washington, D.C.

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He stated that he did not participate in any window breaking or fighting inside the Capitol building, and that he put on the gloves to assist a man who was bleeding from an injury on the Senate floor.

Hodgkins is the second person to plead guilty to riot-related charges, following Jon Schaffer, a member of the far-right group the Oath Keepers who was caught on camera spraying chemical bear spray at officers. Schaffer pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering the Capitol and obstructing a congressional proceeding.

Prosecutors also urged on Tuesday that charges be dropped against Christopher Kelly of New York, who was accused of entering the Capitol and obstructing Congress.

 

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