Man faces 1st sentencing for felony in riot at US Capitol

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In this file image from U.S. Capitol Police video, Paul Allard Hodgkins stands in the well on the floor of the U.S. Senate holding a Trump flag.. (U.S. Capitol Police via AP, File)

(AP) – A Florida man who breached the U.S. Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag is scheduled to become the first Jan. 6 rioter sentenced for a felony.

The hearing Monday in Washington will help set a benchmark for punishment in similar cases. Prosecutors want Paul Allard Hodgkins to serve 18 months behind bars, saying he and other rioters “contributed to the collective threat to democracy.” But a lawyer for Hodgkins is asking a federal judge not to impose a prison sentence, saying the shame that will attach to Hodgkins should be factored in as punishment. Hodgkins was never accused of assaulting anyone or damaging property.

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