Richard Franklin Barnard

Barnard conducted an interview with FBI agents on January 26.  During the interview he stated he arrived in Washington D.C. on the evening of January 5 with his friend Jeffrey Witcher.  Both men served in the Marines, and Witcher also served in the Army.

On January 6, 2021, they went to President Trump’s speech before moving to the Capitol building in the hopes of being closer to the President when he announced he would march to the building.  Barnard believed there were people at the Capitol who were already attempting to breach it before he ever arrived.

At approximately 2:02 P.M. he made entry into the Capitol building with Witcher, and walked into a large rotunda where he encountered multiple law enforcement officers. More individuals in the crowd began to push against the police officers, and Barnard, with at least three other individuals, shielded the police officers with their bodies while the crowd moved past. The officers, along with Barnard, moved to a shattered window near the front entrance, where he and his friend, Jeffery Shane WITCHER exited the U.S. Capitol building. All of these events occurred over the span of approximately 15-20 minutes, or 2:02 P.M. to 2:18 P.M.  There is no further evidence of physical violence against anyone committed by these two men.

Please keep in mind that in the United States, every citizen charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • First Name(s): Richard Franklin
  • Last Name(s): Barnard
  • Case Number: 1:21-cr-235
  • Arrest Location: Liberty, TX
  • Judge: Zia M. Faruqui
  • Judge: Rudolph Contreras
  • Entry Last Updated: 08/10/2021
  • Date Docket Downloaded: 12/09/2021
  • Currently Incarcerated: No
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Charges

Unlawful Entry on Restricted Building or Grounds (2) Unlawful Entry on Restricted Building or Grounds (3) Violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol Grounds (4) Parading, Demonstrating or Picketing in a Capitol Building (5)

Case Status

Arrested 2/25/21. Indicted 3/19/21. Arraigned 4/19/21 where he pleaded not guilty to all counts. Status hearing held on 5/3/21. On 10/20, he pleaded guilty to count 5. Sentencing is set for 2/24/22. Defendant remains on personal recognizance bond.

USA Attorney

Brandon Regan
Brandon K. Regan DOJ-USAO Federal Major Crimes 555 4th St NW Washington, DC 20530 202-252-7759 Email: [email protected] LEAD ATTORNEY ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED Designation: Assistant U.S. Attorney

Prison Name

NA-Released.

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