January 6

Prosecutors want Capitol riot defendants to pay for the $1.5 million in damage they caused


Prosecutors have assessed the damage to the U.S. Capitol in the wake of the riot that took place on Jan. 6 and want defendants who participated in the riot to pay for it as part of their plea deals, The Washington Post reports.

The estimated damage, which currently stands at $1,495,326.55, was cited by the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. this Wednesday in court papers filed in the case of Capitol riot defendant Paul Hodgkins, who pleaded guilty to one felony count of obstructing an official proceeding of Congress. Hodgkins agreed to pay $2,000 restitution to the Department of Treasury as part of the plea.

Prosecutors with the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. want to require restitution of $2,000 in each felony case and $500 in each misdemeanor case.

From the Post:

Federal law allows judges at sentencing to order convicted offenders to reimburse victims for property damage and other losses, enforceable over 20 years. Whether restitution can be required usually depends on the crime as set by statute and whether losses are a direct and foreseeable result of an offender’s crime.

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