The former West Virginia congressman who spontaneously announced his presence inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6 pleaded guilty to a felony.
“Is in!” A fun Derrick Evans seconds after prosecutors said he crossed the threshold into the Capitol. “Derrick Evans is at the Capitol!”
Evans, then a Republican member of the West Virginia House of Representatives, posted the live video to Facebook as it happened, according to court documents.
He also captured the moments leading up to the breach, when he joined a crowd Donald Trump Supporters outside the door of the Capitol Rotunda trying to get into the building as Congress tries to certify Joe Biden’s win the 2020 presidential election.
“We start! Here we go! Open the door,” Evans said, according to prosecutors. “The door is cracked,” he also said, and then: “Here we go!”
Defendant looked more upset on Friday as he appeared via video before a Senior US Judge Royce Lambert.
Evans pleaded guilty Friday to one count of obstructing, obstructing or obstructing law enforcement in the performance of their duties during civil disorder, a felony with a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
Under the plea agreement, Evans also had to pay $2,000 more in damages than estimated 1.5 million dollars damage the Capitol.
During the hearing, Lamberth, a Ronald Reagan appointee, noting that the plea agreement states that Evans is cooperating with the federal investigation into the events of January 6. Assistant United States Attorney Kathryn Fifield notes that Evans has agreed to “sit down with law enforcement if requested, but there is no formal cooperation agreement with Mr. Evans and the government.”
Although the Capitol riots stemmed from Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud that altered the election, Evans himself won his seat in the West Virginia House of Representatives. in that election. He just took office on December 1, 2020.
After January 6, some of his fellow Republican lawmakers called for him to step down or be forced out, according to reports. West Virginia Metro News.
He was initially defiant, and on January 7, 2021, his then-attorney John Bryan publish a letter says that Evans does nothing more than “exercise”[ing] his constitutional right to participate in peaceful protests, activism and amateur journalism. ”
“Mr. Evans did nothing wrong on January 6, 2021,” Bryan’s letter read. “He is exercising his First Amendment right to peacefully protest and this is an incident. historical and dynamic event. He did not participate in violence, did not riot, did not destroy property and did not commit any crime”.
A woman claiming to be Evans .’s grandmother tell local news on January 8, 2021 that Evans was a “good man” and seemingly sarcastically thanked Trump for “inviting a riot.”
But on January 9, Evans resignation. Bryan did not represent Evans in a federal criminal case.
In addition to civil disorder, Evans also faces charges of obstructing the formal process of Congress and several misdemeanors of disorderly conduct. Those charges will presumably be dismissed at sentencing, which Lamberth set for June 22.
[Images via Facebook screengrab.]
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