NBC News reports:
An Arkansas man who was photographed during the Jan. 6 riot with his feet on a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, was found guilty on all counts Monday after brief jury deliberations.
Richard Barnett faced eight charges stemming from the insurrection, including theft of government property. He said repeatedly in court last week that he regretted what transpired at the Capitol that day but did not consider his actions illegal.
Barnett appears in images from the riot reclining in a chair in the speaker’s office, with his feet propped up, and what the government referred to as a “stun device” tucked in his pants.
Washington DC’s CBS affiliate reports:
The 61-year-old from Gravette became well-known after photos were posted online of him with his feet on Nancy Pelosi’s office desk. He also took an envelope from her office, put a quarter on her desk, and left her a note that said, “Nancy, Bigo was here, you BITCH.”
Barnett, testifying near the end of his trial, said he regrets coming to Washington for the “Stop the Steal” rally where then-President Donald Trump addressed a crowd of supporters.
According to CBS correspondent Scott MacFarlane, the jury took “barely two hours” to render their verdict. Barnett’s sentencing will take place on May 3— the judge denied the prosecutor’s request for him to stay in jail until sentencing.
Last April, Barnett rejected a plea deal that would have sentenced him to 70-87 months in federal prison.
JUST IN: Richard “Bigo” Barnett found guilty on all counts for his role in storming the US Capitol.
He took the stand and claimed he was just “a fucking idiot”, not a criminal.
The jury did not see a distinction. pic.twitter.com/kjHBhSvvUk
— Jack E. Smith ⚖️ (@7Veritas4) January 23, 2023
Outside courthouse Bigo Barnett says he didn’t get a fair trial .. claiming he didn’t get a jury of his “peers”… I asked what that meant. And his attorney Joe McBride responded for Barnett pic.twitter.com/2b4NSeUkt9
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) January 23, 2023
Here’s the list of charges pic.twitter.com/elJb1wjyRB
— Daniel Barnes (@dnlbrns) January 23, 2023