Ex-West Virginia councilman charged in Capitol riot

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors charged a former councilman for the city of Parkersburg, West Virginia, with breaching the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot.

Eric Barber appeared Wednesday in court in southern West Virginia after charges were filed of entering a restricted area, disorderly conduct and theft.

The criminal complaint alleges Barber entered the Capitol wearing a “green combat style helmet and a green military style field jacket.”

A judge ordered him released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. A preliminary hearing is set in Washington, D.C., for March 10.

Barber was elected to the Parkersburg City Council in 2016. He lost his reelection bid in November.

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