Jan. 6 rioter who put feet on desk in Pelosi’s office found guilty

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — An Arkansas man who propped his feet up on a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the U.S. Capitol riot was

convicted on Monday of joining a mob’s attack on the building two years ago. A jury deliberated for approximately two hours before unanimously convicting Richard “Bigo”

Barnett on all eight counts in his indictment, including felony charges of civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding. Barnett lounging at a desk in

Pelosi’s office made him one of the most memorable figures from the riot on Jan. 6, 2021, the day when Congress convened a joint session to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral

victory. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper is scheduled to sentence Barnett on May 3. The judge agreed to let Barnett remain free on certain conditions until his

sentencing. Outside the courthouse after the verdict, Barnett vowed to appeal his conviction, calling it an “injustice.” He noted that the judge had rejected his request to

move his trial from Washington to Arkansas. See also: Lawmakers in some states seek to bar insurrectionists from holding office “This is not a jury of my peers,” he

told reporters. Prosecutors asked the judge to jail Barnett while he awaits sentencing. Justice Department prosecutor Alison Prout said the jury concluded that Barnett

took a weapon into Pelosi’s office.