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Former Parkersburg City Councilman’s federal court appearance postponed

New status conference set
Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 11:28 AM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A court appearance for former Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber did not happen Thursday afternoon.

We’re told federal prosecutors have approached Barber’s attorney about a possible plea agreement. A hearing is now set for August 17.

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Former Parkersburg City Councilman Eric Barber appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday morning for a status conference.

Barber faces five charges related to the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Barber’s defense team and attorneys representing the U.S. government said in court Thursday that they needed more time to review the case in order to either reach a plea deal or decide to move forward with a trial.

Another status conference has been set for July 22 at 3 p.m.

Barber has been released on his own recognizance, but it was noted in court Thursday that he missed a court mandated check-in during the week of May 8.

You can read our previous coverage of Barber’s case here.

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