In United States, a Florida man yesterday became the second person to plead guilty for his role in storming the US Capitol on 6th of January this year. More than 440 people have been charged in connection with the Capitol riots. Few guilty pleas have been entered so far since the Justice Department launched its sweeping investigation into the deadly attack on the Capitol.
In a virtual hearing in US District Court in Washington, Paul Allard Hodgkins pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing an official proceeding. He said that he decided to accept the plea offer and plead guilty. The charge can carry a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, though US District Judge Randolph Moss said, federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence in the range of 15 to 21 months.
The only other person to plead guilty so far was Jon Schaffer, founding member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia. Schaffer pleaded guilty in April to obstructing an official proceeding and breaching a restricted building.