(TotalConservative.com) – Richard “Bigo” Barnett, a man from Arkansas who propped his feet up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk inside the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6th for a viral photo op, was convicted on Monday morning for participating in the Capitol riots.
In a unanimous decision, the jury convicted Barnett on all eight of his charges, which included civil disorder, trespassing on restricted grounds, and obstruction of an official government proceeding (a joint session by Congress to certify the victory of President Joe Biden).
Last Thursday, Barnett testified that he stumbled into Pelosi’s office while searching for a bathroom in the Capitol. He then encountered two news photographers, one of whom told Barnett to “act natural.” In response to this, Barnett claims he simply sat down in the chair, leaned back, threw his legs up onto Pelosi’s desk, and the famous photograph was captured. Barnett also took a piece of Pelosi’s mail and left a note on her desk that read, “Nancy, Bigo was here, b****.” During his testimony, he confessed that it was wrong of him to refer to Pelosi by this particular word in his note.
The picture quickly went viral online, and Barnett became one of the most notorious faces of the Jan. 6th riot. According to authorities, after the photo began to spread around, he went back home to Arkansas and tried to dispose of any evidence connecting him to the Capitol riot, but it was already too late and he turned himself in two days later.
A jury unanimously convicted Richard “Bigo” Barnett on all eight counts in his indictment including felony charges of civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding.
After the verdict was given, while outside the courthouse, Barnett called his conviction an “injustice” and vowed to appeal it. When asked if he knew what he was doing could lead to trouble, Barnett said he was “just in the moment” and “going with the flow.” It appears that most people involved in the Capitol storming were swept up into the mob mentality without considering the repercussions of their actions.
Barnett’s sentencing is scheduled for May. The prosecution requested to have him jailed as he awaits sentencing, yet the request was denied by the judge.
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