Richard Barnett: Man who stepped on Pelosi’s desk on January 6 has been sentenced to more than 4 years in prison

The man who was infamously photographed with his feet on a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol has been convicted Wednesday to four and a half years in prison.

Richard Barnett, also known as “Bigo”, was found guilty by a jury in January of eight counts, including civil disorder. He faced up to 20 years in prison on the main charge of obstructing an official process.

“For better or for worse, you became one of the faces of January 6, and I think you enjoyed that,” District Judge Christopher Cooper said during sentencing.

According to court documents, on January 6, Barnett spent 10 minutes in Pelosi’s office and did not leave until he was sprayed with the chemical irritant. Meanwhile, he put his feet up on Pelosi’s desk and wrote Pelosi a note, calling her a “bitch”.

Richard Barnett sits in the office of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

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Court documents also say Barnett had a stun gun in his pants while in the president’s office and took an envelope from the office. Prosecutors said he left the Capitol showing the envelope to other rioters as if it were a “trophy.”

“I shudder to think what would have happened if those staffers were there, or God forbid the President,” Cooper said.

Prosecutors also alleged that Barnett went to the Capitol rotunda and joined a front line of rioters pushing against law enforcement.

Barnett has shown no remorse for his actions on Jan. 6, which impacted his sentence. “The defendant continues to say his conduct was similar to a 4-year-old’s temper tantrum,” prosecutor Alison Prout said.

Barnett addressed the court at sentencing, saying he would appeal his case.

“They want me to feel remorse for things I didn’t do. I’m obviously appealing this case,” Barnett said.

Barnett has repeatedly said he was treated unfairly by the justice system and would only apologize for actions he believed he committed during the riot.

“I was angry that day, I admit I was angry, and I apologize for that.”

Barnett did not comment on the sentencing. His wife was seen crying as the couple walked out of the courtroom.

During his trial, Barnett testified that he was pushed into the Capitol during the riot and was looking for a place to use the restroom inside the building, admiring all the artwork along the way.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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