The picture had gone around the world. An American who was immortalized with his feet on a table in Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office during the attack on the Capitol was found guilty of multiple crimes on Monday. After a brief deliberation, jurors found Richard Barnett, 62, guilty of obstructing official process, robbery and trespassing into an official building with a dangerous weapon (a walking stick capable of sending electric shocks), among other charges.
On January 6, 2021, he, like hundreds of supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump, invaded the seat of Congress when elected officials confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
He had been photographed by AFP in the office of the leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, with his feet on a piece of furniture. The cliché had gone around the world and enabled the police to quickly arrest him.
According to the indictment, this supporter of the Qanon conspiracy movement had left an abusive message for the Democrat and stolen an envelope she had signed. During his trial, he was defiant, claiming to have been “pushed into” the Capitol by the crowd.
His sentence will be handed down in May. Meanwhile, he remains under house arrest with an electronic bracelet. During two years of investigation, more than 950 participants in this attack have been arrested and almost 200 sentenced to prison terms. On Monday, four militiamen from the Oath Keepers group were convicted of “rebellion” and face up to 20 years in prison.