Derrick Evans (Founding WV Lawmaker) Sentenced for 3 Months for Storming U.S. Capitol Jan. 6


Former West Virginia legislator Derrick Evans, who livestreamed himself storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, has been sentenced to three months in prison.

Evans, 37, posted live to Facebook during the invasion of Donald Trump supporters at the Capitol. Evans could be seen shouting. “The revolution has started!” He urged rioters with poles, stolen police protections, and fire extinguishers on his shoulders.

Evans had been sworn in as a Republican state delegate just a few weeks before the Capitol attack, and was arrested two days after rioters stampeded the nation’s seat of government. He pleaded guilty in March 2022 to a felony charge of civil disorder.

Evans confessed to the judge Wednesday at his sentencing hearing that he regrets his actions in the insurgency of 2021.

“I will forever bear the reminder that I made a crucial mistake. I’ve let down myself, I’ve let down my community and most importantly I’ve let down my family,”He told the judge.

Prosecutors had sought the three-month sentence, saying Evans was a leader in the chaos, and had encouraged his fellow insurgents to storm the building, where the vice president and Congress members were certifying the 2020 presidential election results declaring Democrat Joe Biden the winner.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said Evans was entitled to a three-month sentence because of Evans’ serious behavior. Judge Royce Lamberth stated that the sentence was intended to deter others from considering violence against the government.

“I can’t just give you probation in a case like this. It doesn’t reflect the feelings of the community. It doesn’t reflect the feelings of the country about what happened that day,”Lamberth stated.

“I don’t want another riot (in) the next election. I don’t want this to happen again, so I’m going to do what I can,”The judge stated.

After his arrest, Evans resigned one month before the start of the legislative session. He did not serve a day in state chamber.

Before he filmed himself among the rioters, Evans had spent time outside of a health clinic filming and shouting at women he assumed were there to terminate a pregnancy. His conduct, which he allegedly carried out with a gun on his person and under the guise of the First Amendment, continued until he was ordered by a court to not contact one of the women who volunteers at the clinic.

Inside Edition Digital reported last summer that Evans could not picket the clinic because he had a social life with people who were part of the hate group Oath Keepers.

Many were shocked to hear that an elected lawmaker from the state had recorded himself participating in the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6. However, inside Edition Digital 2021 was not surprised to hear that Evans had also participated. In fact, they said, it appeared to be a natural progression of what began outside that women’s clinic in Charleston.

Rusty Williams, a Women’s Health Center board member and patient escort, told Inside Edition Digital last year that Evans would make it a point to drive the hour from his home in Wayne County to the clinic in Charleston every Wednesday and Thursday and would “terrorize the patients.” Public records confirm Evans lives about an hour and 10 minutes from the clinic.

“It didn’t matter what they were going in for. If it was a teenager going in to get birth control, they were all baby killers,”Williams was also the one who unsuccessfully ran a campaign to get a seat at the West Virginia House of Delegates. “This dude just spit out venom. I personally had friends who were patients at the health center that had PTSD anytime they had to go there because of the verbal abuse they suffered coming from Derrick and his ilk.”

Last year, attempts to reach Evans for a reply to these allegations failed.


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