Jan 6 Protester Who Put Feet on Pelosi’s Desk Faces Life in Prison

The January 6, 2021 protester who was seen putting his feet on Nancy Pelosi’s desk has been found guilty of all charges and is now facing a life prison sentence.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Sixty-two-year-old Arkansas man Richard “Bigo” Barnett is facing life in prison after entering the Capitol and lounging on the former Speaker of the House’s desk on January 6, 2021.
  • Barnett was found guilty on Monday of eight federal crimes, including four felonies and four misdemeanors for “theft of government property.”
  • The most severe charge Barnett faced was obstructing an official government proceeding, which holds a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
  • Barnett’s attorney, Joseph D. McBride, argued the group of jurors presented a bias during the trial, as Washington, D.C. remains a Democratic stronghold.
  • “We filed motions asking for a change of venue months ago and were denied even though 96% of the DC Jury Pool voted for Joe Biden,” McBride wrote on Twitter. “We cited the purposeful poisoning of the jury pool by the @January6thCmte and @POTUS’s multiple public condemnations of MAGA Republicans as well.”
  • “@BigoBarnett was convicted today after a two-week trial in DC, Dist. Court. An issue at trial was the fact that he legally purchased a self-defense device before traveling to DC in anticipation of a conflict with Antifa. Antifa is an irrelevant fairytale according to the Gov,” McBride continued.
ATTORNEY JOSEPH D. MCBRIDE ON DEFENDING HIS JAN 6 CLIENT:

“We were relentless, creative, & left no stone unturned in Mr. Barnett’s defense. We have multiple appellate issues that we preserved & will litigate. @BigoBarnett could spend the rest of his life in prison—for a trespass. Pray for him & his family,” McBride said.

BACKGROUND:
  • In November 2022, Portland Antifa activist John C. Hacker was found not guilty of assaulting a journalist and stealing his phone.
  • The protester was allegedly frustrated over coverage of protests by journalist Andy Ngô roughly 3.5 years ago.
  • The Portland area judge let off the alleged attacker and had some harsh words for Ngô, who alleges he was attacked by Hacker multiple times.
  • Antifa members in Philadelphia were also let off after pleading to low-level charges in June 2022, thanks to a lenient district attorney whose campaign was backed by billionaire leftist George Soros.
  • Joseph Alcoff, Thomas Keenan, and Thomas Massey were facing multiple felony charges after they beat two Latino Marines, Alejandro Godinez and Luis Torres, whom they mistook as members of the Proud Boys.
  • Police reports indicated that the 2018 event took place as Antifa protesters were encountering a conservative “We the People” rally being held that day on Independence Mall. 
  • The District Attorney in the case, Larry Krasner, was thought to be among the nation’s most progressive DAs and became the subject of an impeachment campaign around the same time.