A federal grand jury has indicted Derrick Evans, the former West Virginia delegate who livestreamed his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January sixth.
The felony indictment occurred just weeks after all signs pointed to the case ending with a plea agreement.
Evans, who resigned his seat representing the nineteenth delegate district in Wayne County before this year’s session was convened, previously faced four federal misdemeanors: entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
He pleaded not guilty in May.
Evans livestreamed and then deleted videos from inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The federal grand jury met June 26 and agreed to indict Evans on a new charge of obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting.
The charge allows for a fine or no more than 20 years behind bars.
A status hearing on the case is scheduled for next week before U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth of the District of Columbia.
Evans won election to the state house during the 2020 General Election last November.