State lawmaker charged with entering Capitol in riot resigns

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(AP) — A West Virginia state lawmaker has resigned to face federal accusations of entering a restricted area of the U.S. Capitol after he livestreamed himself with rioters.

Republican Del. Derrick Evans notified Gov. Jim Justice on Saturday that he was resigning effective immediately.

Evans said he took full responsibility for his actions and deeply regretted any pain or embarrassment he may have caused.

West Virginia House of Delegates member Derrick Evans, left, is given the oath of office Dec. 14, 2020, in the House chamber at the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Evans recorded video of himself and fellow supporters of President Donald Trump storming the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 prompting calls for his resignation and thousands of signatures on an online petition advocating his removal. (Perry Bennett/West Virginia Legislature via AP)

He said he hopes his resignation can remove any distraction from the Legislature and help begin the healing process.

Evans appeared before a federal judge on Friday afternoon after his arrest. He faces misdemeanor charges of entering a restricted area and disorderly conduct.

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