Shaman QAnon Jacob Chansley Sentenced in Trump Capitol Riots


“Shaman QAnon” Jacob Chansley, one of the most notorious figures in the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, was sentenced Wednesday to three years and five months in prison for his role in the invasion of the Halls of Congress by a horde of Trump supporters.

“What you did was terrible,” Judge Royce Lamberth said in federal court in Washington, DC, even as he called Chansley’s stated remorse for his crime genuine.

“What you did was so serious that I cannot justify a ‘lower sentence than what has been suggested by federal sentencing guidelines,” Lamberth said.

But Chanlsey’s sentence was on the lower end of the 41-51 month prison term suggested by those guidelines. However, it is also linked to the longest sentence handed down to date for one of the Capitol riots defendants who pleaded guilty.

“I made a mistake entering the Capitol. I have no apologies. No apologies at all,” Chansley told Lamberth. “The behavior is indefensible.”

The 34-year-old Phoenix, Arizona resident, who had adhered to the false QAnon conspiracy theory, pleaded guilty in September to a single count of obstructing congressional proceedings. He will get the credit for his time in jail since his arrest in January.

Prosecutors had asked Lamberth to sentence the US Navy veteran to 51 months in prison, saying his conduct was deeply disturbing and that such a sentence would serve as a warning to those who sought to interfere with the peaceful transfer of the presidential office in the future.

During Wednesday’s hearing, a prosecutor released a video of Chansley screaming inside Congress to highlight the seriousness of his actions on January 6.

“Time is up your mother —-!” Chansley shouted.

The prosecutor said, “Your honor, this is scary.

Chansley’s attorney requested a sentence below federal guidelines, citing the accused’s “sincere remorse for his conduct” and the mental illness that has plagued him for years.

Chansley cited lessons from Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Stephen King’s prison movie “The Shawshank Redemption,” in rambling comments ahead of his sentencing.

“I am really, really repentant of my actions,” he said.

But he said he was not a violent man, let alone a “domestic terrorist” because he admitted his crime.

“I have broken the law, and if I believe in freedom, and if I believe in law and order, and I believe in responsibility, then I should do what Gandhi would do and take responsibility,” said he declared.

“I hope you see my heart and my desire to live the life of Christ or Gandhi,” Chansley told Lamberth.

“I make this sacred vow and this sacred oath, I will never do it again,” he added.

The judge said: “I think your remarks are the most remarkable I have heard in 34 years” of serving on the federal bench.

“I think you really have remorse,” Lamberth said. “Some of these remarks are of the kind Martin Luther King would say”

Another rioter last week, former New Jersey gym owner Scott Fairlamb, was sentenced by Lamberth to 41 months in prison for assaulting a police officer.

Chansley was the first accused of the Capitol Riot to be charged. Since then, more than 600 other people have been criminally charged in connection with the insurgency.

The tattooed Chansley was shirtless, wielding a spear, wearing face paint and a fur hat with horns as he entered the Capitol complex with thousands of other people. Crowds disrupted a joint session of Congress as lawmakers confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

Then-President Donald Trump urged Republican lawmakers to vote against confirming Biden’s victory and called on his supporters to come to Capitol Hill to promote the effort.

Photos and videos of Chansley in her bizarre costume went viral on the day of the riot and were widely published in the weeks since.

“He made himself the image of the riot, didn’t he?” Lamberth asked Chansley’s attorney Albert Watkins on Wednesday.

Watkins agreed Chansley had done it.

Chansley was one of many rioters who entered the Senate Chamber, where then Vice President Mike Pence was chairing minutes earlier.

Prosecutors said Chansley was sitting in Pence’s seat on the dais. They said he refused a police officer’s order to leave, “calling other rioters to the platform and leading them in an incantation on his megaphone.”

Chansley left a note on the platform that read “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming” and called Pence a “fucking traitor”.

Watkins argued on Wednesday that his client was neither a planner nor an organizer of the riot.

Reuters reported in July that Chansley, also known as Jacob Angeli, was in plea talks with prosecutors after prison psychologists diagnosed him with mental illness, including transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder. , depression and anxiety.

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