Richard Barnett, the man who broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, will be released from prison from prison to his home in Arkansas pending further arraignment, U.S. media reported on April 28, 2021, after a judge ruled that his actions did not pose a threat of violence.
Richard Barnett is understood to have boasted about his actions after his involvement in the violence in the US Congress, including entering the Capitol with an electric shock stick, putting his foot on Pelosi’s desk and leaving insulting notes.
But the U.S. District Judge in Washington, D.C., said that after weighing Barnett’s actions and their potential dangers, he found that Barnett did not pose a sufficient threat of violence and did not need to be detained in prison.
Barnett currently faces seven criminal charges and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. If convicted, he faces six years and more in prison, prosecutors said.