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Capitol Siege: Man Photographed In Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Office Enters Plea

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CBS / AP) — An Arkansas man who was photographed sitting with his feet on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office during last month's riot at the U.S. Capitol pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges stemming from the breach.

Richard Barnett was arraigned in federal court on seven counts from the Jan. 6 riot, including entering and remaining in a restricted building with a dangerous weapon, theft of government property and disorderly conduct. The next hearing for his case was set for March 4.

Barnett, 60, was among supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the Capitol as lawmakers assembled to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory over Trump. Prosecutors say Barnett was carrying a stun gun when he entered the building.

Five people died because of the protest and violence, including a Capitol police officer. Photos showed Barnett sitting at a desk in the office of Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and he was later seen on video bragging about taking an envelope.

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Richard Barnett sits inside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as he protests inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (SAUL LOEB/AFP VIA GETTY)

Another person spotted in Pelosi's office during the riot, a woman from Pennsylvania, is accused of stealing a laptop. A third rioter, a man from Florida, has been charged after being photographed with the Speaker's lectern.

Pelosi has called the rioters' actions "acts of sedition and acts of cowardice" and pledged that those who stormed the Capitol would be held accountable.

If convicted, Barnett could face up to 11 years in prison.

© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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