Rioter pictured in Nancy Pelosi’s office found guilty

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Rioter pictured in Nancy Pelosi's office found guilty

The photo had gone around the world. An American, who was immortalized with his feet on a table in the office of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi during the assault on the Capitol, was found guilty on Monday of several crimes. After a short deliberation, the jurors found Richard Barnett, 62, guilty of, among other things, obstructing official process, robbery and trespassing on an official building with a dangerous weapon (a walking stick capable of sending electric shocks electrical).

On January 6, 2021, he invaded, like hundreds of supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump, the seat of Congress when elected officials certified the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election.

He had been photographed by AFP in the office of the head of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, his feet on a piece of furniture. The cliché had gone around the world and allowed the police to arrest him quickly.

Qanon conspirator

According to the indictment, this supporter of the Qanon conspiracy movement had left an insulting message to the Democrat and stolen an envelope she had signed. During his trial, he was defiant, claiming to have been “pushed inside” the Capitol by the crowd.

His sentence will be handed down in May. In the meantime, he remains under house arrest with an electronic bracelet. In two years of investigation, more than 950 participants in this attack have been arrested, and nearly 200 sentenced to prison terms. On Monday, four militiamen from the Oath Keepers group were convicted of “sedition” and face up to 20 years in prison.

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