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Former W.Va. Lawmaker Who Went to Prison for Jan. 6 Riots Announces Intent to Run for Congress

Derrick Evans West Virginia

Derrick Evans West Virginia

Foto: Derrick Evans/Facebook

A Republican lawmaker who went to prison for breaching the U.S. Campidoglio a gennaio. 6, 2021, after live-streaming the event on Facebook says he has formed a congressional exploratory committee and is considering a run for higher office.

Derrick Evans, a former West Virginia state delegate, said in a statement issued Tuesday that aftermonths of soul-searching— some of them done in a federal penitentiary — he isready to step back into the political arena.

Evans was sentenced to three months in prison in June, after pleading guilty in March to one felony count of civil disorder for being among those who invaded the U.S. Capitol building in 2021.

Evans was first elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 2020, but his time in office was short-lived after video surfaced showing the Republican celebrating alongside pro-Donald Trump rioters.

6 gennaio Insurrezione

6 gennaio Insurrezione

Rivolta in Campidoglio a gennaio. 6, 2021.
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In a video clip he later deleted from social media, Evans could be heard shouting, “Siamo dentro! Siamo dentro, bambino!”

Journalists recorded the video and re-shared the clip on social media, prompting fellow West Virginia lawmakers to call for his resignation.

Shortly after the riots, Evans shared a written statement on Facebook saying he was headed back to West Virginia anddid not have any negative interactions with law enforcement, nor did I participate in any destruction that may have occurred.

Giorni dopo, però, NOI. officials announced that Evans was charged in a criminal complaint with entering a restricted area and entering the Capitol. Evans announced his resignation the following day.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, also a Republican, detto local WCHS News it was shameful that Evans participated.

I don’t know this gentleman at all, but I think that’s absolutely a shame,” Justice told the news outlet. “From the standpoint of a delegate-to-be storming the capital of the United States of America, how could you possibly condone that?”

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While serving his time, Evans says in a new statement he spent time thinking about politics andall the variablesthat led him to prison.

Evans stopped short of expressing remorse, però, instead blamingfailures by elected lawmakers and the mediafor the events of Jan. 6.

Two months ago, I sat in federal prison thinking about the current state of politics in West Virginia and across America,” Evans said in his statement. “I thought long and hard about all the variables that led me to that Michigan facilityBut I still wasn’t sure if I was ready to reenter the arena that nearly took everything from me — my career, my livelihood, time with my family.

Ora, sembra, he is sure — and looking forwardto making a formal announcement, una volta [the congressional exploratory committee] gets its job done,” he added in his statement.