Arkansan indicted on 8 federal charges following Capitol insurrection

Northwest Arkansas News

WASHINGTON (KNWA/KFTA) — Richard Barnett, 60, from Gravette, Arkansas, has been indicted by a grand jury on eight charges for his role in the D.C. riots on January 6.

The felony indictment from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has five additional crimes listed:

  • Obstruction of an official proceeding
  • Aiding and abetting
  • Entering and remaining in a certain room in the Capitol building
  • Disorderly/Disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon
  • Parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building

ORIGINAL CRIMINAL VIOLATIONS 1/7/2021

  • 18 U.S.C. 1752(a): Knowingly Entering or Remaining in any Restricted Building or Grounds Without Lawful Authority
  • 40 U.S.C. 5104(e)(2): Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds
  • 18 U.S.C. 641: Theft of Public Money, Property, or Records

A federal grand jury was sworn in on January 8, in D.C., the charges were filed on January 29.

Barnett is the man who was pictured at several locations around the Capitol, during Tuesday’s melee, but the most memorable is where he is in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office sitting with his left leg perched on a desk.

TOPSHOT – Richard Barnett, a supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he protests inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Barnett was in the Washington County Detention Center from January 8 to the 18. He was then transferred to the D.C. Central Detention Facility. The D.C. Department of Corrections oversees this jail.

The Gravette resident will remain in custody until his trial. Barnett is represented by New York attorney Anthony Siano.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STATEMENT OF FACTS

*Contains graphic language

(Note: The first two charges are now one charge, filed under 18 U.S.C. 1512(c)(2) and 2, obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, respectively. Barnett, on Friday, Feb. 5, pleaded “not guilty” to seven charges.)

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