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On Anniversary of the Insurrection, a January 6 Rioter Who Pled Guilty and Received Prison Time Declares his Candidacy for Congress

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Derrick Evans, a previous participant in the Capitol riots, declared his intention to run for Congress as a Republican on Friday while standing in front of an artwork that reads “Live. Laugh. Love.”

On the second anniversary of the insurrection at the US Capitol, Evans stated, “Today is a day to enjoy, but for me, that hasn’t always been the case when it comes to January 6.”

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Evans, who was sentenced to 3 months in federal prison after entering a plea agreement in February 2022 for “impeding, blocking or interrupting with law enforcement during a civil disorder,” is vying to represent West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, which will be hosted by Republican Representative-elect Carol Miller once a speaker has been selected.

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Evans gave a brief account of his January 6 experiences at the Capitol in the video he made to announce his candidacy for office, saying the incidents “changed his life forever.” Evans claimed that on January 6, he “walked through an open set of doors” to enter the Capitol. While it’s true that the doors had been forced open, he forgot to add that, according to his written plea agreement and statement of crime, he was nearby the crowd that did it.

“The entrance is broken! We’re entering,” according to the statement of offense, Evans screamed when the rotunda doors of the Capitol were broken.