Evans Plea Talks Continue Concerning Jan. 6th Capitol Riot


Federal prosecutors requested another delay of a routine status hearing for former state lawmaker Derrick Evans.

Derrick Evans resigned from the nineteenth delegate district in the days following his participation in mob that entered the national Capitol on January sixth to halt the certification of the 2020 Presidential Election.


A federal grand jury indicted Evans on a felony obstruction of an official proceeding last June.


The charge alleges Evans broke federal law with an act that “obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding.”


Prosecutors contend plea talks have been productive since Evans was indicted a charge that carries a fine or no more than 20 years under confinement. Prosecutors also indicated defense counsel continues to gain admission to practice law in the District of Columbia.


If approved by the court, it would be the second delay of the routine hearing. Last month, the hearing was rescheduled to Tuesday, August tenth. The hearing will most likely be postponed again.

Previously, Evans faced four charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.


Evans has remained out of jail on a personal recognizance bond.


According to WV Metro News, hundreds of people now face charges from the events of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Several West Virginians face charges from that day’s events. George Tanios is a Morgantown businessman accused of assaulting three police officers with pepper spray. Moreover, a former Parkersburg Councilman Eric Barber and Gracyn Courtright of Hurricane also face charges. Their status hearings are scheduled for August seventeenth and the twenty-fifth respectively.

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