NEWS ALERT: Jan. 6 defendant who put foot on desk in Pelosi’s office sentenced to prison

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Washington — An Arkansas man who was photographed propping his foot on a desk in the House speaker’s office during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol was sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison on Wednesday, with a judge saying he had “not shown any acceptance of responsibility.”

Richard “Bigo” Barnett was convicted on eight counts including civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding and theft of government property after a trial earlier this year. A photo showing him seated at a desk in then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office became one of the most indelible images of Jan. 6.

On Wednesday, he appeared in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before Judge Christopher Cooper, who handed down his sentence of 54 months. Prosecutors had sought a prison term of more than seven years, noting that Barnett admitted to entering the Capitol wielding a stun gun and carrying an American flag. Cooper seemed skeptical of some of the government’s arguments and imposed a shorter sentence.

Barnett, a 63-year-old retired firefighter and bull rider, asked for probation during his sentencing, explaining, “This was an enigma in my life. Jan. 6 was a traumatic day for everyone … I admit I was angry and I apologize for that.”

During the sentencing, Judge Cooper said, “While you may regret having gone there that day, you have so far not shown any acceptance of responsibility,” adding, “You’re too old for this nonsense.”

Barnett announced he intends to appeal the sentence, and said, “They want me to be remorseful for things I did not do.”

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