Report: Richard Barnett remains jailed, yells during court — ‘I’ve been here a long time. It’s not fair’

Report: Richard Barnett remains jailed, yells during court — ‘I’ve been here a long time. It’s not fair’
Richard Barnett, an Arkansas man photographed in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during the Capitol riot, was arrested Jan. 8, 2021 by the FBI. He's facing multiple federal charges. (Source: Washington County, Arkansas Sheriff's Office)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT/KNWA) - A Northwest Arkansas man arrested in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots will remain jailed as a May 4 status hearing was set in his case.

According to a report from content partner KNWA, Richard Barnett appeared before federal judge Christopher R. Cooper Thursday.

KNWA reported that Barnett called in from jail for the hearing, with the judge suggesting the May 4 continuance in the case.

However, the suggestion did not go over well with Barnett, KNWA reported.

“I’ve been here a long time … another month … It’s not fair,” Barnett could be heard telling the court about the suggested May date, according to KNWA. “You’re letting everyone else out … I need help,” he yelled.

Officials also said Barnett’s attorney can make a bail application request in the case, KNWA reported.

Barnett has pleaded not guilty in the case.

In January, a federal judge ruled that Barnett would be held in the nation’s capital awaiting trial in the case.

According to ABC News, Richard Barnett appeared before Chief Judge Beryl Howell in January for an initial hearing. In the hearing, Judge Howell said the evidence in the case was “overwhelming” and that Barnett had been “brazen, entitled, dangerous” in the days after the riots.

“I don’t know how smart Mr. Barnett is, but he’s certainly a braggart,” Judge Howell said, according to ABC News.

During the hearing Thursday, Barnett’s attorney had asked Howell to allow Barnett to return to Arkansas and release him to home confinement.

Barnett also told the judge, “I am a good man,” ABC News reported.

Case History

Barnett, the man photographed in Nancy Pelosi’s office the day of the U.S. Capitol riots, was transferred earlier this month to Washington, D.C., KNWA reported.

A federal judge there had reversed a bond decision for Barnett arrested in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riots’ aftermath.

According to content partner KNWA, the decision kept Barnett in custody.

On Friday, Jan. 16 a federal magistrate judge in Arkansas ordered Barnett to be released as he awaits his trial on federal charges.

According to ABC News, Richard Barnett appeared before the judge during a court appearance.

As part of the release, Barnett was given a $5,000 unsecured bond, ordered under house arrest and must undergo GPS monitoring.

Federal prosecutors had asked the judge to keep Barnett in custody as he awaited trial in the case, saying he had bought a taser, pepper spray and two-way radios days before the Jan. 6 riot happened, ABC News said.

Barnett also admitted that he met with several people in the nation’s capital and had paid for everything in cash.

However, family and friends of Barnett said during the hearing that he was a good man and a good father, ABC News reported.

Barnett made his first court appearance Tuesday after being pictured in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol.

According to content partner KNWA, Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, appeared in court via video conference.

Prosecutors charged Barnett with:

  • Knowingly entering a restricted building or grounds with a weapon (stun gun), which can lead to up to ten years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
  • Violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, which carries up to six months imprisonment and a $5,000 fine,
  • Theft of public property, up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Barnett faces 11 years, six months in federal prison, and a $355,000 fine if convicted of all charges.

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