Judge reverses bail for accused Capitol rioter Richard Barnett

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The alleged stun gun-carrying Capitol Hill rioter photographed with his boot up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk has been ordered to remain in jail and brought immediately to Washington, DC, so his case can proceed, according to a new report.

Arkansas-native Richard Barnett, 60, was initially scheduled to be sprung Saturday on $5,000 bail, to house arrest, pending the resolution of charges against him that could send him to prison for over a decade.

“If (Barnett) will travel across the country and engage in this level of criminal behavior because he believes that he is right and it is the Electoral College that is wrong, what would deter him?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Harris said in arguing against the original decision to grant bail, the Associated Press reported.

The decision from Chief US District Judge Beryl Howell stayed a ruling from federal magistrate judge Erin Weidemann, who said Barnett’s house arrest would be under “very, very restrictive conditions.”

“He appears to be a law-abiding citizen, for the most part, although there have been incidents that do cause the court concern with him being armed at rallies,” Weidemann said at the time.

Richard Barnett gets comfortable in Nancy Pelosi's office during the Capitol siege.
Richard Barnett gets comfortable in Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Capitol siege.
Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Barnett is facing charges of unlawfully entering the US Capitol with a stun gun during a day of rioting on Capitol Hill that left at least five dead.

He has additionally been charged with disorderly conduct and theft of public property.

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