Man identified as speaker’s office invader appears before judge

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Capitol hill breacher arrested; Arkansas man put feet on desk of Nancy Pelosi in her office
Richard Barnett arrested for breaching capital and putting feet up on speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk

The man identified as the rioter photographed sitting in House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office chair during last week’s Capitol insurrection made his initial federal court appearance on Tuesday.

Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas, appeared before US magistrate judge Erin Wiedemann in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to hear the charges against him.

Among them is a charge that he unlawfully entered a restricted area with a lethal weapon — in this case, a stun gun.

Mr Barnett is also charged with disorderly conduct and theft of public property. If convicted on all charges, including the new lethal weapon count, he could be sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison.

Mr Barnett has conceded the validity of the charges against him, said his attorney, Anthony Siano. Mr Siano offered no further comment.

Mr Barnett has conceded the validity of the charges against him, said his attorney, Anthony Siano. Mr Siano offered no further comment.

Authorities say Mr Barnett was among the supporters of President Trump who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. Five people died because of the protest and violence, including a Capitol police officer.

Authorities said in court documents that they were able to identify Mr Barnett in part through photographs taken by news media when he was inside the building.

They also used video surveillance from inside the Capitol and a video interview Mr Barnett gave to a New York Times reporter.

Mr Barnett is from Gravette in northwest Arkansas. He has identified himself on social media as a Trump supporter and gun rights advocate.

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