Capitol rioter who apologized now writes book from prison

  • A rioter in the Capitol has announced that he is writing a book while serving his three-month prison sentence.
  • Derrick Evans, a former state legislator in West Virginia, pleaded guilty to the Jan. 6 charges earlier this year.
  • Since his conviction, Evans has repeatedly downplayed his role in the uprising.

A former West Virginia lawmaker who apologized to a judge a few weeks ago for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, is now writing a book from prison in hopes of bringing “true justice.”

Derrick Evans was a newly elected member of the United States House of Representatives from West Virginia when he traveled to Washington, D.C. and took part in the siege on January 6, 2021. Evans was sworn in just weeks before the attack and initially refused to resign his government position. . despite phone calls from his colleagues.

He eventually resigned on January 9, 2021, saying in a formal letter that he took full responsibility for his actions and “deeply regretted” the pain or embarrassment he had caused his fellow West Virginians.

Evans was sentenced to three months in prison last June after pleading guilty to a felony of civil disorder. During his sentencing, Evans apologized for his role in the riot, saying he had abandoned his family and regretted his actions.

A screenshot of a "selfie" video Derrick Evans took outside the Capitol.

A video still of Derrick Evans’ livestream outside the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, prosecutors said.

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But in a statement Monday announcing his forthcoming book, Evans said his name has been “vilified in one way or another” since the uprising more than a year and a half ago.

“I can confidently state that I am just one of many people affected by the extreme polarization of our country’s politics,” he said.

After Evans’ conviction, prosecutors filed an official note in court indicting the former legislator for repeatedly downplaying his role in the attack, including during a radio interview aired the day after his sentence was handed down, in which Evans said he would never have “regretted” about “standing up against tyranny.”

An attorney for Evans did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Evans has signed a book deal with Defiance Press, according to a Monday press release. A representative for the publisher did not immediately respond to questions from Insider about the details of Evans’ deal.

“I firmly believe that working with Defiance Press will allow me to share my story with the world, express my frustration at the current state of our country, and bring true justice before January 6, all in the hopes build a brighter future for the next generation,” said Evans.

According to the publisher’s Monday statement, Evans turned himself in to federal prison on July 25 and will finish his manuscript behind bars for the next three months.

The publisher also boasted previous titles from Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Daniel Miller, a leading advocate for Texas secession.

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