Court sentenced ‘QAnon Shaman’ to 41 months in prison for involvement in US Capitol attack


A federal judge sentenced the U.S. Capitol riot, known as the “QAnon Shaman” for his horn cover, to 41 months in prison on Wednesday for his role in the deadly attack on the followers of then-President Donald Trump on January 6.

Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to sentence Jacob Chansley to 51 months in prison for pleading guilty to obstructing formal proceedings in September when he and thousands of others attacked the building in an attempt to prevent Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s election. .

The verdict is equivalent to one Lamberth sentenced to a former mixed martial artist who was described as hitting police during the violence and sentenced to 41 months in prison last week. These two are the toughest convictions handed down anywhere around 675 riot charges.

Lamberth said he believed Chansley, 34, had done much to convince the court to be “on the right track.”

Chansley’s lawyer asked the judge to imprison his client, who has been imprisoned since his January arrest. Chansley appeared in court in a dark green prison hug, beard and shaved head.

“The hardest part here is that I know I’m guilty,” Chansley said in a long statement before conviction, describing the difficult childhood and saying he took responsibility for his behavior.

“I thought I’d be in solitary confinement for 20 years,” he said, adding, “This trauma has done something to me … I have white hair to prove it … my chest … my arms … I shouldn’t have white hair in your honor.”

While in prison, prison officials diagnosed Chansley with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. When he pleaded guilty, Chansley said he was disappointed that Trump had not forgiven him.

Trump was indicted by the House of Representatives, and the Senate acquitted Trump of inciting the January 6 riot from the fiery speech that preceded it, in which he told his followers to “fight like hell.”

Four people died in the violence. Capitol police who attacked the protesters died the day after the riot, and four police officers involved in the Capitol defense were later killed. About 140 police officers were injured.

Most of the January 6 charges have so far been linked to non-violent crimes, but government lawyers are demanding the imprisonment of some of those accused of more serious crimes.



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