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First felon sentenced for Capitol riots gets eight-month term

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Washington (AFP) – A Florida man who breached the US Senate chamber during the violent January 6 Capitol riots was jailed for eight months Monday, in the closely-watched first sentencing hearing for someone convicted of a felony over the attack. Paul Hodgkins, 38, illegally entered the Capitol — the citadel of US democracy in Washington — with eye goggles, rope and latex gloves as members of Congress gathered for a vote certifying the victory of president-elect Joe Biden, court documents said.  Hodgkins, who was identified in photographs brandishing a Trump campaign flag in the Senate, had a…

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