Richard Barnett begins 4.5-year prison sentence in Louisiana

His 4.5 year sentence was set to begin on August 1.

OAKDALE, Louisiana — According to the Bureau of Prisons, Richard Barnett has started his prison sentence at Oakdale Federal Detention Center in Allen County, La. His 4.5 year sentence was set to begin on August 1.

On May 24, 2023, Barnett was found guilty on several charges related to his role in storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Barnett entered the U.S. Capitol alongside other rioters while carrying a U.S. flag and a stun gun walking stick. The federal judge called Barnett a “face of January 6” at his sentencing hearing, referencing the photo widely circulated showing him with his legs propped up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk. 

All charges Barnett was found guilty of:

  • civil disorder
  • obstruction of an official proceeding & aiding and abetting 
  • entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon
  • disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds with a deadly or dangerous weapon
  • entering and remaining in certain rooms in a capitol building 
  • disorderly conduct in a capitol building 
  • parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a capitol building
  • theft of government property

According to the Bureau of Prisons’ website, Oakdale is a low security federal correctional institution. 

After his conviction, Barnett had asked the judge to be placed at a prison in South Dakota “because of his age” and that he was looking for a “minimum security prison camp with no violent offenders and with work and psychological programs.” 

That request was denied.

Past reports on Barnett:

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