Capitol Assault: Richard Barnett Found Guilty on Eight Counts

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Capitol Assault: Richard Barnett Convicted of Eight Counts

Richard Barnett took the liberty of sitting in the chair of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (File photo)

An Arkansas man who put his feet up on the desk of the former leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, during the storming of the US Capitol, was found guilty Monday of participating in the riot.

Richard Bigo Barnett was found guilty of all eight counts, including felony charges of civil disorder and obstruction of official process. The jury was unanimous.

The photo of Mr. Barnett lying at Nancy Pelosi's desk made him one of the best-known figures of the January 6, 2021 riot, the the day Congress convened a joint session to certify President Joe Biden's election victory.

Richard Barnett is expected to be sentenced in May. Prosecutors sought to imprison him pending sentencing, but the judge denied the request that he remain free under certain conditions.

During his testimony on Thursday, the 62-year-old claimed he was looking for a bathroom inside the Capitol when he unwittingly walked into the chief's office. Democrat of the House of Representatives, and met two press photographers.

They allegedly told him to act natural, and that's when he sat down and put his legs on office. I was right in the moment, Richard Barnett claimed.

Prosecutors say the man had a stun gun hidden in his pants. He was convicted of entering and then remaining in a building with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

The man also left a note for Nancy Pelosi, punctuated with a sexist expletive that read: Nancy, Bigo was there.

Before leaving the Capitol, Barnett used a megaphone to deliver a speech to the crowd, shouting: We've taken over our house and I've taken Nancy Pelosi's office! according to prosecutors.

We have no choice! he shouted repeatedly as he entered the Capitol.

The 60-year-old, a retired firefighter from Gravette, Arkansas, said he regretted coming to Washington for the rally. Two years of life lost. Misery for my family, he said.

More than 940 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack. Nearly 500 of them have pleaded guilty. Several dozen defendants of the Capitol Riot have been put on trial.

With information from Associated Press

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