J6 Protestor Who Sat in Pelosi’s Office Gets 4.5 Years – ‘Bigo Was Here Biatch’
J6 protestor Richard “Bigo” Barnett, 63, of Alabama, whose picture of him sitting at Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol Office desk went viral, has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in federal prison.
Barnett was seen smiling with his foot up on a desk inside Pelosi’s office. He left a note on the desk: “Bigo was here Biatch.”
With prosecutors asking to send him to prison for 7.25 years, Barnett’s attorneys claimed their client was treated unduly harshly because his “case is famous.”
“The worst accusations against Mr. Barnett amounted to 20 minutes of nonviolence in the Capitol, a stolen envelope, and literally seconds of verbal altercation with a police officer,” his attorney Jonathan Gross argued in a sentencing memo.
Though less than what prosecutors wanted, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper’s sentence mirrored the recommendation of the U.S. Probation Department.
Cooper reportedly called Barnett a “face” of Jan. 6 and told him he enjoyed the “notoriety,” according to CBS.
“They say I’m not remorseful,” Barnett said, according to CBS. “They say I’m a terrorist […] You know I’m not.”
According to the network, the 63-year-old claimed that he couldn’t be remorseful “for things I did not do,” reportedly expressing confidence he’d be found “innocent” on appeal.
On Jan. 23, 2023, a federal jury threw the book at Barnett, convicting him of several felonies and multiple misdemeanors, including obstruction of an official proceeding, interfering with a police officer during a civil disorder, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous or deadly weapon, and disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a dangerous weapon.
FLASH: Judge sentences Richard Bigo Barnett to 54 months in prison … in US Capitol riot case pic.twitter.com/8dU1m1NVI2
— D Marie (@Gypsysoul1968) May 24, 2023
— AR Democrat-Gazette (@ArkansasOnline) May 24, 2023
After Barnett left the Capitol, he boasted of his exploits to the press, brandishing an envelope swiped from Pelosi’s office.
“I did not steal it,” Barnett told the outlet, according to prosecutors. “I bled on it because they were macing me, and I couldn’t f—— see, so I figured I was in her office. I got blood on her office. I put a quarter on her desk even though she ain’t f—— worth it. And I left her a note on her desk that says ‘Nancy, Bigo was here, you b—-.’”
Barnett’s attorneys claimed that a prison term in line with the government’s request would amount to a “life sentence” for their 63-year-old client.
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