‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Role in Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

A United States federal judge sentenced the man known as “QAnon Shaman” to 41 months in prison for his involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth also ordered Capitol rioter Jacob Chansley to serve  a period of three years of supervised release after he completed his prison term.

Chansley, 34, was among the hundreds of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop the Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election.

Chansley pleaded guilty in September to one count of felony obstruction of an official proceeding.

In handing down the sentence on Nov. 17, Lamberth described Chansley’s actions at the riot as “horrific” and “terrible.”

Chansley insisted before his sentencing that he was not “a violent man or a white supremacist.”

“I was wrong. I have no excuses. My behavior was indefensible,” Chansley told the court.

Defense Attorney Albert Watkins said that Chansley has a schizotypal personal disorder that went undiagnosed and mistreated for years. He also said that Chansley was in the autism spectrum.

Lamberth said he thought Chansley was “genuine in your remorse” but said that the severity of his crime warranted the sentence.

Described as the “public face of the Capitol riot” by prosecutors, Chansley wore face paint and a furry headdress with horns and carried a U.S. flag when he stormed the Capitol.

Chansley also used a bullhorn during the riot “to rile up the crowd and demand that lawmakers be brought out,” according to the sentencing memo.

Prosecutors also said that Chansley also used social media to spread “false information and hateful rhetoric” that intensified the riot.

Chansley’s sentence is one of the longest so far to be given in connection to the Capitol riot.


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