The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports:
A fundraiser has been started to help a Gravette man arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol. It’s called the Richard “Bigo” Barnett Legal Defense Fund, according to the fundraiser’s website. For contributions of $100 or more, Barnett will, “as a token of his appreciation,” send a personally inscribed, autographed picture of himself sitting at a desk in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
A grand jury indicted Barnett on seven charges in connection with the riot, including 18 U.S.C. 1752(a)(1) and (b)(1) (A), entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The weapon was a ZAP Hike N’ Strike 950,000 Volt Stun Gun Walking Stick that Barnett purchased at Bass Pro Shops in Rogers on Dec. 31, according to court filings.
Read the full article. Barnett reportedly left a note on Pelosi’s desk reading, “Bigo was here, you biatch.” He later claimed in court that the note wasn’t offensive or threatening because he’d purposely misspelled “bitch.” In late April, Barnett appeared on Newsmax where host Greg Kelly expressed “huge sympathy” for his arrest.
Website aids Arkansas man accused in Capitol riot https://t.co/klXH3hTmDe
— AR Democrat-Gazette (@ArkansasOnline) June 1, 2021
Richard Barnett, the man who posted a photo of himself on social media sitting with his feet up on a desk in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during Wednesday’s riots at the Capitol, was arrested today by the FBI in Arkansas https://t.co/KtUsiXS6XU
— POLITICO (@politico) January 8, 2021