Former WV Republican Delegate Derrick Evans: “A good person . . . caught up in a moment”?!
From an AP report in the Wheeling Intelligencer on June 23:
Ex-West Virginia Lawmaker Sentenced to 3 Months for Role in Capitol Riot
A former West Virginia lawmaker who livestreamed himself on Facebook storming the U.S. Capitol and cheering on what he described as a “revolution” was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison.
Derrick Evans, 37, who pleaded guilty to a felony civil disorder charge, told the judge that he regrets his actions every day and is a “good person who unfortunately was caught up in a moment."
"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,” Evans told the judge.
He’s let people down. Really? The evening of his sentencing, according to WV Metro News, Evans appeared to change his tune:
Evans had debuted a website to take donations and accept interview requests. “His story. His truth. Derrick Evans speaks.”
Following through with his pledge, Evans has been on talk shows, where he has not expressed any remorse for his actions:
In each appearance, Evans expressed regrets over serving time but not about the choices that led him to the Capitol. “At the end of the day, I believe I’m being held captive as a political prisoner along with many other January 6th defendants,” he said on Newsmax.
As a result:
Federal prosecutors are taking exception to comments former Delegate Derrick Evans made on a West Virginia radio show right after being dealt a three-month prison sentence for his behavior at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
This led to this notice by prosecutors:
NEW: Justice Dept alerts judge about post-sentencing "about-face" by Jan 6 defendant Derrick Evans. Evans is a former West Virginia state delegate who was sentenced to 3 months in prison last week— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 1, 2022
Federal prosecutors didn't like the radio interview Evans gave afterward ==> pic.twitter.com/PBdcabUOCs
From that notice:
While Evans’ sentence has already been imposed and the government is not seeking its modification, the speed and degree of Evans’s about-face warrants this notice, for the record and for the court’s edification.
Evans was elected to the House of Delegates in November 2020, arrested on January 8, and resigned from the legislature soon after his arrest. How long will it be before Evans is elected to office again?