(CNN) — An Arkansas man who was photographed with his feet on a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the January 6, 2021 insurrection was indicted this Monday by an eight-count jury in Washington City.
Richard Barnett, 62, also known as “Bigo”, was charged with eight federal counts in connection with his actions inside the US Capitol that day, including entering a restricted area and carrying a deadly weapon or Dangerous and obstructing official proceedings.
Despite requests from prosecutors to rescind the measure, Barnett will be sentenced in early May and will remain under house arrest with a GPS monitor on his ankle until then. He could face up to 20 years in prison on the main charge of obstructing an official proceeding.
The jury deliberated for several hours before returning its verdict. When the Forehand jury read the verdict of guilty, Barnett remained seated and showed no reaction.
Following the verdict, Barnett’s attorney, Joseph McBride, told reporters outside the courtroom that his client had not received a fair trial, adding that Washington “is not a state” and is primarily composed of “Biden voters.”
McBride said, “We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with Washington or the jurors.” “We are saying that we believe that politics is the big elephant in the room that no one here wants to talk about and that the political considerations surrounding this trial have vitiated the jury pool to such an extent that we cannot conduct a fair trial.” Can.”
According to court documents, Barnett was recorded on surveillance video entering Pelosi’s office on the afternoon of January 6. He was photographed with the flag hanging on the desk with his boot on.
During the trial, Barnett testified that he was pushed into the Capitol during the riot and was looking for a place to go to the bathroom inside the building, admiring all the art along the way. Barnett was combative with prosecutors during his testimony, and he later accused them of lying and being “aggressive”.
“I wasn’t part of that protest, they pushed me in,” Barnett said during his testimony, describing himself as “hyperactive”.
According to court documents, Barnett was wearing an electric baton tucked inside his pants inside Pelosi’s office. Barnett said during testing that he believed it no longer worked because he had washed it off in the shower.
On January 6, Barnett was recorded saying she had not stolen an envelope taken from inside the Capitol, adding that she had written a note to Pelosi calling her a “bitch”, according to court documents Was.
“I didn’t steal it,” Barnett said in the video. “I spilled blood on him because they were making me tear up and I couldn’t see, so I thought it was in his office. I spilled blood on him in his office. I put a quarter on his desk, even though he Wasn’t worth it. And I He left a note on the table that read, ‘Nancy, Bigo was here, you bitch.
Barnett’s attorneys have also argued that Barnett wrote the word “byatch” in English, not “b***h” or “p***a”, which they said was “slang” and “less offensive”. ” Was.