Plea hearing set for Barber in Capitol riot case – Parkersburg News

Sep 24, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A plea hearing has been scheduled for a former Parkersburg City Councilman charged with five misdemeanors in the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol building.
Eric Barber, 42, participated via video conference in a status hearing before U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Christopher Cooper on Thursday. After hearing from the prosecution and defense, Cooper slated the plea hearing for 3 p.m. Oct. 14.
No details on the plea agreement were discussed during the hearing.
Barber previously pleaded not guilty to charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building or grounds; parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building; and theft.
He was arrested in early March, less than two months after a group of demonstrators protesting what they believed was a fraudulent presidential election stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 while Congress was certifying the results of the 2020 vote. Barber said in a phone interview the day of the riot that he had walked to the Capitol and looked inside but did not enter the building.
But according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI and unsealed after his arrest, investigators received tips that led them to photo and video evidence of Barber inside the Capitol, wearing a military-style helmet. Closed-circuit video from inside the Capitol showed Barber in the rotunda and Statuary Hall, where he allegedly stole a portable power station from a C-SPAN media station, the complaint said.
Barber remains free on a personal recognizance bond.
Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com,
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