advocacy

Paul Hodgkins biography: 13 things about US Capitol rioter from Tampa, Florida

Paul Allard Hodgkins (©U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia)
Paul Allard Hodgkins (©U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia)

Paul Allard Hodgkins is a white man from Florida, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. (a)
  2. He is a crane operator. He is an Eagle Scout who regularly volunteered at a food bank despite living in a poorer part of Tampa, according to his former attorney Patrick Leduc. (b)
  3. Wearing protective eye goggles, a dark blue T-shirt with the word “Trump” in white letters and a black undershirt while holding a red TRUMP 2020 flag, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. (c)
  4. On January 26, 2021, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed him. He told them he traveled alone by bus from Florida to Washington, D.C. on January 26, 2021 and was in the U.S. Capitol building that day. (c)
  5. An FBI agent filed a criminal complaint, which was signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia M. Faruqui on February 9, 2021. (c)
  6. On February 16, 2021, he was arrested in Tampa. (d)
  7. He was 38 years old when he was arrested on February 16, 2021. (a)
  8. On February 24, 2021, he made his initial court appearance. (d)
  9. On March 5, 2021, he was indicted. (d)
  10. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting; entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a U.S. Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a U.S. Capitol building. When he was arraigned on March 11, 2021, he pleaded not guilty to all counts. (d)
  11. On June 2, 2021, he agreed to plead guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting and pay $2,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop less serious charges, including entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct. (b)(d)
  12. On July 19, 2021, D.C. District Judge Randolph Moss sentenced him to 8 months in prison  24 months of supervision after detention, making him the first person to get prison time for participating in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. (a)
  13. His new attorney Carolyn Stewart claimed in court filings on September 2, 2021 that Leduc, his former attorney, inaccurately told him that by pleading guilty, he was unlikely to end up in prison and all of his charges related to the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021 were felonies. He was seeking to appeal his sentence but the deadline for such a request already passed. (e)

.

(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)

SOURCES:

If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.