Plans to put an image of an Arkansas man sitting at a desk in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the last week’s riots in the House Capitol have been put on a house arrest.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A federal judge in Washington on Friday stopped a plan to release and arrest a person from Arkansas sitting at a desk in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the last week’s riots in the US Capitol.
Richard Barnett will be brought immediately to Washington, D.C., for proceedings in his case, ordered by Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell Friday night, until his trial by another judge, imprisoning Barnett in his home in Gravette, Arkansas. while taking.
Howell’s decision came hours after US magistrate Judge Erin Wiedeman set on a $ 5,000 Bondnet set in Arkansas and ordered that a GPS monitor track his location. Wiedemann prohibited Barnett from using the Internet or contact with anyone else, who participated in the January 6 violence.
The 60-year-old, Barnett, was among the supporters of President Donald Trump who caused a storm in the Capitol as lawmakers gathered to authenticate President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory over Trump. Five people died during the violent uprising, including a Capitol police officer. During a nearly five-hour hearing Friday via video conference, federal prosecutors had argued that Barnett should remain in custody.
“If (Barnett) will travel around the country and engage in this type of criminal behavior because he believes he is right and it is the Electoral College that is wrong, what harm will it do?” Assistant US Attorney Kim Harris said.
Barnett is accused of illegally entering a restricted area with a deadly weapon – a stun gun. Barnett is also charged with disorderly conduct and theft of public property. If found guilty, he can be imprisoned for 11 to 1/2 months.
“I think your honor can shape a release order that provides a sufficient amount of conditions that will allow my client to be released, which will allow my client to effectively defend himself and .. . Will allow him to build enough for a ‘fence’. Around that if he stumbles, it will be brought to your attention almost immediately, “Anthony Siano, Barnett’s lawyer, told the judge during the hearing.
He voluntarily surrendered before FBI agents at the Benton County Sheriff Office in Bentonville, Arkansas on January 8 and has remained in the Washington County Jail since.
During Friday’s hearing, prosecutors showed pictures of Bennett on a desk in Pelosi’s office and saw his Capitol video inside the building. They also showed him footage of him bragging to a mob outside the Capitol about taking an envelope from the speaker’s office. Prosecutors also cited concerns that Barnett did not carry a stun gun or cell phone with him to Washington.