Richard “Bigo” Barnett, 62, is facing a potential life sentence for peacefully entering the Capitol on January 6th and putting his feet up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk.
Barnett was wildly overcharged by vindictive prosecutors and denied a change of venue out of Washington, DC.
Prosecutors seized on the fact his cane doubled as a stun gun and could have been used as a weapon even thought it wasn’t.
From The Washington Post, “Man photographed in Pelosi’s office on Jan. 6 convicted of 8 counts”:
An Arkansas man who entered the U.S. Capitol with rioters on Jan. 6, 2021, and was photographed lounging at a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office suite was convicted Monday of eight federal crimes related to the incursion.
Richard “Bigo” Barnett, now 62, who left a crude written message for Pelosi before departing the office suite with a purloined envelope bearing the California Democrat’s digital signature, sat impassively as a jury in U.S. District Court in Washington delivered its decisions.
After nine days of testimony and legal arguments in the trial, the panel began deliberating 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 proceeding, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. But advisory sentencing guidelines used by the court are likely to recommend a much shorter term in his case.
[…] Barnett, an ardent supporter of former president Donald Trump, was carrying a walking stick equipped with a high-voltage stun device when he entered the Capitol. […]
Besides obstructing an official proceeding, Barnett was convicted of two felonies related to carrying a dangerous weapon in the Capitol and a felony charge of civil disorder. The four misdemeanors he was convicted of included theft of government property, meaning the envelope.
DC is currently working to lower penalties for carjackers, robbers and armed felons in the name of fighting “systemic racism” but Bigo and other J6 protesters are getting the book thrown at them.
Carjacking thugs need “restorative justice” but J6 protesters must face retribution.
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