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Barnett sentenced to 4.5 years prison for role in Jan. 6 riot

by Bill Bowden | May 25, 2023 at 12:00 a.m.
Richard Barnett, right, with his attorney, Jonathan Gross, after Barnett was sentenced to 54 months in prison on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Bill Bowden).

WASHINGTON -- Richard "Bigo" Barnett, 63, of Gravette, was sentenced on Wednesday to serve 54 months -- 4.5 years -- in prison for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021.

U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper also ordered Barnett to serve three years probation after his sentence, pay $2,000 restitution and $465 in court fees.

Barnett's legal team had argued for a maximum of one year in prison, while federal prosecutors wanted 7.25 years.

In January, after a two-week trial, a jury in the District of Columbia found Barnett guilty of all eight counts -- four felonies and four misdemeanors.

He faced enhanced charges for entering the Capitol with a dangerous weapon -- a Hike 'n Strike Walking Staff stun gun that he bought a week earlier at the Bass Pro Shop in Rogers.

While in the Capitol, Barnett posed for pictures with his foot on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office suite. His lawyers said the government targeted him because of that photo, which was circulated widely in the media.

Besides the dangerous weapon, among the more serious charges against Barnett, he was found guilty of interfering with Metropolitan Police Officer Terrence Craig, during a civil disorder.

A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Tuesday denied Barnett's motions for acquittal or a new trial.

"He unlawfully carried a dangerous stun gun into the Capitol and interfered with law enforcement's ability to control the riot by threatening an officer and refusing orders to leave the building," U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper wrote in Tuesday's order.

Print Headline: Judge issues denial of Barnett motions


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