Alleged January 6 rioter pictured in Pelosi’s office convicted of 8 counts

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An Arkansas man who entered the U.S. Capitol with protesters on Jan. 6, 2021 and was pictured resting at a table in the office suite of then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was convicted Monday of eight federal felony-related crimes. raid.

Richard “Bigo” Barnett, now 62, who left a crudely written message for Pelosi before leaving the office with a stolen envelope bearing the California Democrat’s digital signature, sat impassively as a jury in U.S. District Court in Washington made its decisions.

After nine days of testimony and legal arguments at trial, the panel began deliberating on Monday morning and reached guilty verdicts on all eight counts against Barnett, including four felonies, in less than two hours.

The most serious charge he faced, obstructing an official government process, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. But the advisory sentencing guidelines used by the court likely recommend a much shorter time frame in his case.

Although a prosecutor argued that Barnett should be jailed pending his May 3 sentencing, Judge Christopher R. Cooper allowed him to remain under house arrest in his small hometown in the Ozarks.

Barnett, an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump, was carrying a cane equipped with a high-voltage shock device as he entered the Capitol. Congress was meeting that day to confirm President Biden’s victory in the November election, despite Trump’s debunked claims that he was denied re-election because of massive voter fraud.

In addition to obstructing official proceedings, Barnett was convicted of two felonies related to carrying a dangerous weapon on Capitol Hill and one count of civil disorder. The four misdemeanors he was convicted of included theft of government property, namely the envelope.

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