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New charges filed against former delegate Derrick Evans

A former member of the W.Va. House of Delegates now faces more charges from his participation in the January 6 US Capitol riot.

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

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

Two new charges of violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building were filed Monday by federal prosecutors in an information.

An information is a formal document that describes the criminal charges against a person and the factual basis for the charges. But unlike an indictment, an information does not require a grand jury’s vote.

Federal criminal defendants have the right to have their charges evaluated by a grand jury, but some can waive that right for expediency. The information suggests that Evans and his attorneys have done that and raises the possibility that a plea bargain may be imminent.



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