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    The Capitol rioter pictured putting his feet up on Nancy Pelosi's desk rejected a plea bargain which would see him spend more than five years behind bars. Richard Barnett, 61, faces a rally of charges for his part in the January 6, 2021 insurrection, including entering a restricted building with a dangerous weapon. He is also charged with theft of government property, disorderly conduct and obstruction of an official proceeding.  Barnett (pictured in the Speaker's chair, the Capitol) became a minor celebrity after Jan 6. The ex-window salesman and firefighter allegedly carried a stun gun (pictured on his waist), though his lawyers claim it is a 'collapsible walking stick'. The 61-year-old faces trial on Sept. 6 An attorney for Barnett told a pretrial hearing that his defendant would not be accepting a plea deal with sentencing guidelines of 70 to 87 months, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Barnett has pleaded not guilty to the lengthy list of charges. Prosecutor Mary L. Dohrmann said that under the rejected agreement, Barnett would have pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding, while six other charges...
    Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas will remain in custody while he awaits trial A federal judge has blocked the release of the Arkansas man photographed sitting at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk during the US Capitol riots, slamming his actions as 'brazen' and 'entitled'. US District Chief Judge Beryl Howell, of DC publicly spoke out against the violent insurrection for the first time during an hour-long court hearing for suspect Richard Barnett on Thursday. Barnett, 60, is charged with unlawfully entering a restricted area with a lethal weapon - a stun gun - as well as disorderly conduct and theft of public property. He faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted. Prior to the hearing, a magistrate judge in Arkansas had approved Barnett's release from custody, ruling that he could stay with his partner while he awaits trial.  Howell, however, reversed that decision Thursday on grounds that Barnett had shown a 'total disregard' for the law and the US Constitution, The Washington Post reported.   Barnett was photographed during the Capitol riot inside Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office...
    (CBS SF) – A man photographed sitting in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters now faces 11 years in prison, after a weapons charge was filed. Richard Barnett of Arkansas made his first court appearance in federal court on Tuesday after he turned himself into authorities last week, CBS affiliate KFSM reports. Barnett faces a new charge of unlawfully carrying a lethal weapon in a restricted area, which has a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors said that Barnett allegedly carried a stun gun during the January 6 attack, where a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol during a joint session of Congress confirming Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Five people died during the siege, including a Capitol police officer. A picture of Barnett where he was casually sitting in the office of Pelosi (D-San Francisco), his boots propped up on her desk, was one of many images from the riot that went viral. Richard Barnett sits inside...
    WASHINGTON (CBS SF) – A man photographed sitting in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the violent siege of the U.S. Capitol by President Donald Trump’s supporters now faces 11 years in prison, after a weapons charge was filed. Richard Barnett of Arkansas made his first court appearance in federal court on Tuesday after he turned himself into authorities last week, CBS affiliate KFSM reports. Barnett faces a new charge of unlawfully carrying a lethal weapon in a restricted area, which has a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors said that Barnett allegedly carried a stun gun during the January 6 attack, where a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol during a joint session of Congress confirming Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. Five people died during the siege, including a Capitol police officer. A picture of Barnett where he was casually sitting in the office of Pelosi (D-San Francisco), his boots propped up on her desk, was one of many images from the riot that went viral. Richard Barnett sits...
    The rioter who was slapped with federal charges after sitting at a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the siege of the US Capitol claimed on video that he was “pushed” inside her quarters. “They started it! I came to peacefully protest! They maced me,” Richard Barnett tells YouTuber Brandon Buckingham. “I didn’t break in – I got pushed in,” Barnett adds as he holds an envelope with Pelosi’s letterhead. “I paid a quarter for this. I’m not a thief! It had my blood on it.” Barnett, who goes by the nickname Bigo, also says he left the speaker a note. “It’s on her desk right now and, Nancy, when you get back to work you can read it,” he continues. “I’m gonna tell you what it says … it says, ‘Nancy, Bigo was here, you b—!’” Richard Barnett lounges on the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after supporters of President Donald J. Trump breached US Capitol security.EPA The 60-year-old has been charged with federal counts including violent entry, theft of public property, disorderly conduct and entering...
    The pro-Trump rioter who gloated as he sat at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s personal desk amid Wednesday’s Capitol chaos has been arrested, authorities said Friday. Richard Barnett, 60, was nabbed in Little Rock, Ark., and charged with federal counts including violent entry, theft of public property, disorderly conduct and entering and remaining on restricted grounds, CNN said. In an infamous now-viral photo, Barnett lounged back in Pelosi’s chair in her office with his feet up on her desk after he and a mob infiltrated the building, with some of the rioters also making it to the floors of the House and Senate. Barnett allegedly stole a letter from Pelosi’s office meant for US Rep. Bill Long (R-Mo.). Trump supporter Richard Barnett holds a letter taken from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday.Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images Filed under capitol ,  DC Protests 2021 ,  nancy pelosi ,  riots ,  1/8/21
    A TRUMP loyalist who posed with his feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk has said he is prepared for a violent death, in a social media post. Richard ‘Bigo’ Barnett, 60, caused outrage when he was pictured lolling in the House Speaker’s chair after storming the Capitol building in mass pro-Trump riots. Read our US Politics live blog for the latest news as the US Capitol building is put into lockdown 7Richard 'Bigo' Barnett made himself at home in Nancy Pelosi's officeCredit: AFP or licensors 7The capital rioter who put his feet on Pelosi's desk said he is prepared for a violent death covered in someone else's bloodCredit: Twitter 7Richard 'Bigo' Barnett was pictured with his feet on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's deskCredit: EPA 7Barnett was among rioters to storm the US Capitol building on Wednesday January 6Credit: EPA It has now emerged that the MAGA activist is prepared for his life to end in a bloody and violent fashion. In a social media post, uncovered by the Washington Post on one of Barnett’s now-locked accounts, he announced on December 28 he would...
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