What We Know
Paul Allard Hodgkins pleaded guilty Wednesday for storming the capitol on January 6. He intruded the capitol in a Trump tee shirt and waving a red flag that said, “Trump 2020”.
In a virtual hearing in the U.S. District Court in Washington, Hodgkins pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing an official proceeding. The charge can carry a maximum of 20 years in prison, though U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss said federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence in the range of 15 to 21 months.
“I have decided that I will accept this plea offer, and I will plead guilty,” Hodgkins told the judge.
Hodgkins isn’t the only culprit in this fiasco, however, more than 440 people have been charged in connection with the cou. The only other guilty plea, though, is a man named Jon Schaffer, founder of the band Iced Earth and a founding member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia.
How He Was Caught
Someone called into the feds with a tip saying they saw him in a selfie he had taken at the Capitol. The whistleblower said they knew him personally, but hadn’t spoken to him in some years, after finding his photo on a member based app for members of far right wing called Parler.