Posted 12 days ago
Richard "Bigo" Barnett, a 63-year-old retired firefighter and bull rider from Arkansas who was photographed on January 6, 2021, in then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office with his foot propped on her desk, was sentenced on Wednesday to four and a half years in prison.
Barnett was convicted on eight counts, including civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, and theft of government property. U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Christopher Cooper sentenced Barnett.
Prosecutors alleged that Barnett yelled at authorities, forcefully entered the Capitol building, stole an envelope, and wrote, "Hey Nancy, Bigo was here you bitch."
According to the prosecution, after Barnett was removed from the Capitol, he "bragged" about entering Pelosi's office and "immediately began celebrating his conquests."
Barnett, who admitted to entering the Capitol building with a stun gun and an American flag, testified in his own defense, apologizing for his conduct but insisting that his actions were not criminal or "threatening."
"This was an enigma in my life," he said. "Jan. 6 was a traumatic day for everyone. … I admit I was angry and I apologize for that."
Prosecutors sought a sentence of more than seven years in prison, contending that he played a "very important role" in delaying the certification of the 2020 presidential election and "demonstrated his lack of remorse and refusal to take responsibility for his actions."... (Read more)