The man who put his feet on N. Pelosi’s desk during the riots in the US Capitol has been sentenced in the United States

The man who put his feet on N. Pelosi’s desk during the riots in the US Capitol has been sentenced in the United States
The man who put his feet on N. Pelosi’s desk during the riots in the US Capitol has been sentenced in the United States

Richard Barnett, 63, is seen leaning back in a chair with his feet up on a desk in the Democratic politician’s office in an AFP photo taken during the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. This image became one of the symbols of the riots in the Capitol.

R. Barnett joined then-President Donald Trump’s supporters who stormed Congress to prevent the confirmation of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the US presidential election.

A Washington jury in January found Barnett guilty of eight counts, including obstructing Congress from confirming election results, trespassing on the Capitol and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon, a taser disguised as a walking stick.

Prosecutors asked Judge Christopher Cooper to sentence Barnett to seven years in prison.

Barnett showed no remorse and “sought to profit from his notoriety and criminal behavior” by selling signed photos of himself in Pelosi’s office, prosecutors said.

Barnett’s lawyer asked the judge to impose a one-year prison sentence.

Barnett, who is described in court documents as a supporter of the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, called his actions in Congress an exercise of his constitutional right to protest.

Supporters of the QAnon movement say Trump is waging a secret war against a global liberal sect of Satan-worshipping pedophiles.

While in N. Pelosi’s office, R. Barnett wrote her a rude message.

“I left her a note that said, ‘Nancy, Bigo was here, you kid,'” he told reporters, using his nickname.

Over a thousand people were arrested for participating in the storming of the US Capitol. Most were charged with trespassing on Congress or damaging property, but about 350 were charged with assaulting law enforcement officers or resisting arrest, and more than 50 with felony conspiracy charges.

Punishment for the founder of the Oath Keepers

Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right Oath Keepers movement, who pleaded guilty in November to a rare charge of conspiracy to carry out anti-government activities, is due to be sentenced on Thursday.

Prosecutors asked for 25 years in prison for 57-year-old S. Rhodes, a Yale-educated former soldier.

During the nearly two-week trial in Washington, prosecutors argued that Mr. Rhodes and other members of the Oath Keepers had hatched a plan for armed insurrection and intended to oppose the United States government by force.

Members of the Oath Keepers were accused of stockpiling weapons at a hotel near Washington and joining a mob that stormed the Capitol to prevent him from confirming Biden’s election victory.

Prosecutors showed jurors text messages from S. Rhodes and his followers calling for action if D. Trump himself did nothing.

Rhodes never entered the Capitol himself, but led his followers as a battlefield general, prosecutors said.

The article is in Lithuanian

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