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Hearing for former Parkersburg councilmember charged following US Capitol riot set for Thursday

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A status hearing for a former Parkersburg city council member accused of taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is scheduled to take place Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in May granted more time in the case of Eric Barber because of the possibility of a plea agreement.

Barber faces federal charges of entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct and theft for his participation in the riot. He remains free on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

A crowd of Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election results, prompting the evacuation of then-Vice President Mike Pence and various lawmakers.

Hundreds of people face charges for their actions, including former West Virginia Delegate Derrick Evans, Morgantown sandwich shop operator George Tanios and Hurricane resident Gracyn Courtright.

The status conference will take place at 1:30 p.m.

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