Man charged in riot in DC refused to attend car swap meeting
A Gravette man charged in the Jan.6 riot at the U.S. Capitol cannot travel to Petit Jean Mountain this week for a vintage car swap meeting, a federal judge ruled on Friday.
Richard “Bigo” Barnett, 61, is currently cleared to travel 50 miles from his Benton County residence while under house arrest.
Barnett has requested a change to allow him to travel to Petit Jean Mountain, which is about 200 miles away, on Friday and spend the night nearby. The Mid-America Old Time Auto Association Auto Show and Exchange Gathering is taking place in Petit Jean until today.
In a teleconference hearing Tuesday in the District of Columbia, Barnett’s attorney, Joseph McBride of New York, said Barnett’s “main” income came from buying and selling classic cars and cars. detached pieces. McBride said Barnett had to travel beyond the 50 mile radius in order to make a living.
Federal prosecutors opposed the motion, saying, among other things, that Barnett had multiple sources of income, based on his travel requests, including “a joint venture acquiring and managing rental properties across the state; and selling interior decoration “.
In an order Friday morning, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper of the District of Columbia denied Barnett’s claim.
“The court is not persuaded that the defendant cannot perform gainful employment within 50 miles of his home as current conditions permit,” according to the order. “The court will consider requests for exceptions limited to the impugned condition for the purposes of good faith employment (as well as for other purposes permitted under the current conditions).”
Barnett is accused of posing for photos with his feet propped up on a desk in the office suite of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Barnett is also accused of taking an envelope from the office and leaving Pelosi a note.
According to McBride, the scribbled note read “Nancy, Bigo was there, biatd.” The last word was supposed to be “biatch”, but the c and the h worked together, they said in a court file in which they argued that “biatch” is slang and a less offensive word than b * * * *.
A grand jury indicted Barnett with seven counts, including 18 USC 1752 (a) (1) and (b) (1) (A), entering and staying in a building or restricted property with a deadly or dangerous weapon , which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
The weapon was a 950,000-volt ZAP Hike N ‘Strike stun gun walking stick that Barnett purchased from Rogers Bass Pro stores on December 31, according to court documents.
In a motion filed Thursday, Assistant to the US Attorney Mary L. Dohrmann argued that Barnett should be subject to more restrictions, not less.
She noted that Barnett lives on a large property where he has free rein, “which allegedly allows him to work on classic cars.”
“Taking advantage of this authorization, the accused organized a birthday party on his property,” she wrote. “Local law enforcement agencies were called by third parties to the home of the accused twice, for unverified reasons,” she wrote.
“On another occasion, a police report was drawn up in a different county of an individual claiming the defendant had harassed him as part of a trade deal, but the case was deemed to be a civil dispute. “
Barnett should be required to report all funds received from any source, including spousal support, Dohrmann wrote.
Barnett should be restricted to his residence, not elsewhere on the property, except during business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the motion.
Early Friday morning, McBride filed a response to Dohrmann’s petition.
McBride wrote that Barnett lives on an eight-acre property and is allowed to move over two acres because he works on cars there.
Barnett got permission from his pre-trial services officer to celebrate his birthday, according to McBride’s file.
“To be clear, Mr Barnett celebrated his birthday at home with around 10 to 12 people who weren’t on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021,” McBride wrote. “Nowhere in the conditions of his release is there a prohibition against that. The fact that the government is trying to convert this into some sort of nefarious behavior is a demonstration that the government will stop at nothing to support Mr. Barnett’s life. hell.”
Police visited Barnett’s house once, not twice, McBride wrote. That’s because someone heard gunshots, but they were not from Barnett’s property, according to an email Barnett’s pre-service agent sent to McBride.
The other county’s complaint came after Barnett traded a custom Honda motorcycle for a 1940 Chevrolet truck, 1941 Chevy truck and $ 1,500, McBride wrote. The exchange took place with a man who lives near Fayetteville. It was more than 50 miles from Barnett’s residence, so he couldn’t get there to inspect the trucks, according to the file.
After Barnett received the vehicles, he discovered that several expensive parts, including the engine, had been removed from the 1941 Chevrolet, McBride wrote.
“Barnett called the seller several times for fear of being ripped off,” McBride wrote. The seller then called the police and made a false statement to the police, knowing full well that Barnett was on bail and under the supervision of this court. Law enforcement investigated and determined that Barnett had nothing wrong. “
Regarding Dohrmann’s 9 to 5 comment, McBride wrote: “While the ‘working hours’ of a government bureaucrat may be 9 to 5, the ‘working hours’ of the average American worker, especially those who live off the ring road in rural areas like Mr Barnett, it’s from sunrise until the job is done, which often means late at night.
“While it is possible for an American lawyer to prosecute an accused from the comfort of his home, it is not possible for Richard Barnett to rebuild the engine or replace the transmission on a 1940s Dodge truck in the comfort from his living room sofa. Nor is it possible for him to inspect, evaluate and purchase a conventional automobile where every part has to be checked up close and in person from a laptop computer. “