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January 6th Capitol Riots caused nearly $1.5 million in damages, prosecutors say

The Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol caused nearly $1.5 million in damage, federal prosecutors wrote in a plea agreement with a person involved.

“Your client acknowledges that the riot that occurred on January 6,2021, caused as of May 17,2021, approximately $1,495,326.55 damage to the United States Capitol,” the plea letter in the case of Paul Hodgkins authored by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Sedky said. Hodgkins’ plea agreement calls for him to “pay restitution to the Department of Treasury in the amount of $2,000,” according to the letter, which was first reported by the Washington Post. The Justice Department letter did not indicate how investigators arrived at the $1.5 million figure.

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 sign that prosecutors are driving a tough bargain. The charge against Hodgkins can carry a statutory maximum penalty 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.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: WASHINGTON POST

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