WASHINGTON – A former West Virginia lawmaker who stormed the U.S. Capitol on behalf of former President Donald Trump while livestreaming his gross activity on Facebook was sentenced on Wednesday to three months in prison.
Derrick Evans, who had been sworn in as a Republican state delegate just a few weeks before the Capitol attack, was arrested and charged right after the January 6, 2021 attack. He pleaded guilty in March.
Justice Department prosecutors had requested three months in prison for Evans, saying he cheered on troublemakers and told his supporters: “The revolution has started!” His lawyer told the court that being arrested and found guilty of a crime has “been a humiliating experience for him” and noted that as a result, he can no longer possess a weapon.
Evans virtually appeared for his sentencing, his head framed by a large portrait of him and his family. He told the judge that he took responsibility for his actions and that he had failed his family. He said he regretted that his actions would leave his children “fatherless for several months.”
U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth was sympathetic, noting Evans’ “impressive” support system. But he said he felt imprisonment was necessary and that he had initially been inclined to give Evans six months.
“I can not just give you probation in a case like this,” Lamberth said. He added that he wished Evans the best, saying he did not think he would see him again and that he believed Evans could “live a good life again” after prison.
Several of Evans’ supporters in his trial downplayed his behavior on January 6, suggesting that they also believed Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. protest “and was there” with the greatest intentions. ” A letter credited him with “showing up to show support” at the US Capitol. Another supporter described him as a role model. Another supporter wrote: “America would be a much better place to live if there were more people as passionate and caring as Derrick Evans.”
In the run-up to Jan. 6, prosecutors said, Evans posted photos on Facebook that read “FIGHT FOR TRUMP” and “JANUARY 6, we’re coming!”
On January 6, Evans livestreamed from the east side of the Capitol as rioters confronted police.
“We are taking this country back, whether you like it or not!… Shame on you all! … You are listening to your liberal mayor instead of the constitution … Patriots are no longer silent. Patriots will no longer stand down to tyranny! Patriots will not stand for stolen elections anymore! ” the prosecutor said he shouted.
“I bet Trump would pardon anyone who gets arrested for going in there,” Evans said on the livestream.
Later, inside the Capitol, Evans recorded himself shouting, “Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!” Evans admitted that he recorded the video in his agreed offense.
Evans is one of more than 825 people charged in the January 6 uprising and one of more than 310 who have pleaded guilty. There are still hundreds of cases pending. As NBC News has reported, online scouts have identified hundreds of additional people who either entered the U.S. capital on Jan. 6 or assaulted officers outside the building and have not yet been arrested.
The House committee investigating the attack has another public hearing set for Thursday, which will focus on Trump’s efforts to get Justice Department officials to arm the FBI and the Justice Department on behalf of his efforts to overthrow the election.