Richard Barnett, a rioter photographed in Nancy Pelosi’s workplace, was granted bond by a federal decide in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Richard Barnett, the Northwest Arkansas man who joined a mob of pro-Trump supporters in storming Capitol Hill that resulted in five deaths, appeared in federal courtroom in Fayetteville, Ark. on Friday (Jan. 15) for a bond listening to.
He’s dealing with a slew of expenses for his participation within the riot, together with:
- Knowingly Coming into or Remaining in any Restricted Constructing or Grounds With out Lawful Authority With a Deadly Weapon – As much as 10-years imprisonment and $250,000 superb.
- Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct on Capitol Grounds – As much as 6-months imprisonment and $5,000 superb.
- Theft of Public Cash, Property, in accordance with the USA Division of Justice – As much as 1-year imprisonment, $100,000 superb.
If convicted, 60-year-old Barnett may face a most of 11 and a half years in jail and a $355,000 superb.
Barnett made worldwide headlines after he was noticed in Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s workplace throughout the riot, the place he additionally stole a letter from a desk. 5NEWS-KFSM was one of the only media outlets in the nation to speak with Barnett following the riot.
The mob that stormed the Capitol was fueled by months of false claims by President Trump and his allies that the election was stolen from the president. There is no credible evidence that election fraud took place that would change the outcome of the 2020 election.
He made his preliminary look in federal courtroom Tuesday (Jan. 12). It was then revealed that Barnett entered the Capitol with a stun gun, including 10 years to his potential sentencing for illegal entry on Capitol grounds.
On Friday, Particular Agent Jonathan Willet with the FBI was referred to as as a witness to reply questions concerning the investigation into Barnett.
Willet outlined movies exhibiting Barnett getting into Speaker Pelosi’s workplace with members of the mob. Pictures depicting Barnett within the workplace with a stun gun have been additionally proven. A video of Barnett with a bullhorn exterior the Capitol bragging about getting into Pelosi’s workplace, the place he waived across the piece of mail he stole and the taser, was additionally proven.
A receipt and surveillance footage was offered exhibiting Barnett bought the stun gun, pepper spray, and two-way radios from Bass Professional Store in Rogers, Ark. on Dec. 31, 2020.
Willet mentioned Barnett admitted to FBI brokers the day he turned himself in that he was in Home Speaker Pelosi’s workplace. Barnett informed FBI brokers that every one firearms from his house have been eliminated earlier than it was searched.
Moreover packaging for the stun gun, no firearms or different weapons have been recovered from Barnett’s house in Gravette when particular brokers searched his house. Barnett is a identified advocate of the Second Modification and has been noticed with firearms whereas attending Northwest Arkansas occasions.
Investigators may additionally not find a cellphone Barnett recorded his actions at Capitol Hill after they searched his house. Barnett turned off location monitoring on his cellphone whereas driving house to Arkansas from Washington. He additionally lined his face and solely paid with money on the drive house.
Willet mentioned that Barnett gave the impression to be controlling of his home companion, Tammy Newburn, whereas particular brokers interviewed the pair about what occurred.
A discrepancy was introduced up that the beginning date on Barnett’s driver’s license didn’t match his precise birthday.
Willet additionally mentioned a time when a lady referred to as Fayetteville Police about an individual that matched Barnett’s description pointing a firearm at her throughout a Second Modification rally in July 2020. Fayetteville officers have been additionally referred to as to a “Cease the Steal” rally in Nov. 2020 the place Barnett was allegedly inflicting a disturbance whereas armed with a firearm.
A report with an area information outlet confirmed Barnett in an interview saying the election was stolen from President Trump throughout a “Cease the Steal” rally in Bentonville. Within the interview, Barnett said that he would do “no matter it takes” to make sure the election he believes was stolen from President Trump is honest.
Tammy Newburn was questioned about Barnett. She didn’t journey to Washington, D.C. with him. She outlined the times that FBI brokers searched her and Barnett’s house. She couldn’t reply why Barnett’s cellphone that was on the Capitol with him is lacking.
One other group of witnesses, together with Barnett’s stepdaughter, have been requested questions and mentioned they have been shocked to see Barnett on the nation’s Capitol and described him as an sincere man.
One of many witnesses recognized two different males Barnett met up with on the nation’s Capitol.
Federal Decide Erin L. Wiedemann with U.S. District Courtroom Western District of Arkansas initially granted Barnett a $5,000 bond on Friday. However, that ruling was overturned by a federal decide in Washington D.C. simply after her ruling.
Chief Decide Beryl A. Howell with U.S. District Courtroom District for the District of Columbia ordered Barnett to be transported to Washington as a substitute of being launched on bond. A Movement for Emergency Keep was issued for Barnett as effectively.
It is unclear in the meanwhile when Barnett will seem in courtroom once more.
One other man from Arkansas has been arrested after a surprising video exhibits him allegedly beating a police officer with a flagpole holding the American flag throughout the riot.