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Capitol rioter receives first felony sentence in Jan. 6 prosecution

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Hodgkins in the Senate chamber on Jan. 6. Photo: CCTV footage via DOJ

38-year-old Paul Hodgkins of Tampa was sentenced to eight months in prison Monday after pleading guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding, a felony charge stemming from his participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Hodgkins is the first Jan. 6 rioter to be sentenced for a felony, setting a benchmark for hundreds of other cases that prosecutors have brought against individuals involved in the Capitol attack.

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