Capitol Rioter Who Put Feet On Nancy Pelosi’s Desk Jailed
WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – Richard “Bigo” Barnett, who put his feet atop former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s desk during the January 6, 2021, Capitol Hill riot, has been sentenced to four and a half years in jail.
Barnett, a 63-year-old retired firefighter, was convicted by a jury in January of eight charges, including civil disorder.
“For better or for worse, you’ve become one of the faces of January 6, and I think you’ve enjoyed that,” District Judge Christopher Cooper said during the sentencing on May 24.
Prosecutors have argued that Barnett came to Washington D.C. in January 2021 from his home in Arkansas, prepared for violence.
According to court documents, as the riot was underway Barnett spent 10 minutes in Pelosi’s office and only left when he was sprayed with chemical irritant.
During that time, he put his feet up on Pelosi’s desk and wrote a note to the former House Speaker, calling her a “b**ch”.
Court documents also revealed that Barnett was in possession of a stun gun and that he took an envelope from the office.
The prosecutors said he left the Capitol showing the envelope to other rioters like it was a “trophy”.
“I shudder to think what would have happened if those staffers were there, or God forbid, the Speaker,” Judge Cooper said.
Pelosi was forced to flee the chamber floor with other lawmakers as supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building to block the certification of Joe Biden as President.
Barnett said that he will appeal his case. “They want me to be remorseful for things I did not do. I’m obviously appealing this case… I was angry that day, I’ll admit I was angry, and I apologize for that,” he added.
The Barnett trial has been one of the most high-profile to stem from the attack on Congress.
More than 1,000 people have been arrested on charges related to the breach in nearly all 50 states.