A former West Virginia Republican state delegate was sentenced to three months behind bars Wednesday for his involvement in the rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Derrick Evans had pleaded guilty to one count of civil disorder. In addition to jail time, he must pay $2,000 in restitution, as well as a $2,000 fine, the New York Post reported.
Evans was sworn into office the month prior to the riot. But within days of the unrest at the Capitol, and one day after he was arrested for his involvement, Evans stepped down.
So what, exactly, did Evans do in the lead-up to the events of Jan, 6 and during the riot itself?
“In the weeks before Jan. 6, on his ‘Derrick Evans – The Activist’ Facebook page, which had 32,000 followers, Evans called for others to join him in the journey to the Capitol, according to court records show. He posted memes of Donald Trump saying things such as ‘Fight for Trump’ and ‘A Storm is Coming, court records show,” according to The Washington Post.
“He documented his bus trip to Washington on Facebook, and on Jan. 6 bypassed Trump’s ‘Stop the Steal’ rally on the Ellipse and went straight to the east side of the Capitol for several hours, prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memorandum.”
Evans allegedly egged on the crowd and ultimately made it into the Capitol.
“Eventually, the mob on the east side pushed through the Rotunda doors. Evans narrated as they did, according to the video. ‘We’re taking this house, I told you today! Patriots stand up!…My people didn’t vote for me because I was a coward.’ And finally, ‘We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!'” The Washington Post reported.
During his sentencing hearing, Evans expressed regret for what he did.
He said he “accept[ed] full responsibility for my actions,” which he called a “momentary lapse in my judgment.”
“I’m not a violent or destructive person. I’m a good person who unfortunately got caught up in the moment,” Evans told DC District Judge Royce Lamberth, according to CNN.
But that wasn’t enough to sway the judge.
“I have to send a message. I don’t want another riot at the next election…so I’m going to do what I can as a judge,” said Lamberth, who sentenced him.