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'QAnon Shaman' Jacob Chansley Sentenced To More Than 3 Years In Jail For Capitol Insurrection

Stewart Perrie

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'QAnon Shaman' Jacob Chansley Sentenced To More Than 3 Years In Jail For Capitol Insurrection

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Jacob Chansley will go to prison for his role in the January 6 Capitol Insurrection.

The rioter, dubbed the QAnon Shaman, became one of the defining images of the sad day in American history when photos of him shirtless and covered in face paint standing inside the political heartland of the country went viral.

Chansley pleaded guilty to obstructing justice for his role in trying to stop politicians count the Electoral College votes from the 2020 US Election.

He was facing up to 20 years behind bars for the charge, however prosecutors were aiming for 51 months.

The 34-year-old showed remorse during the trial and asked the judge to potentially look at his time already served.

Credit: Alexandria Sheriff's Office via Sipa USA
Credit: Alexandria Sheriff's Office via Sipa USA

"I was wrong for entering the Capitol. I have no excuse. The behaviour is indefensible," he told the court.

"I am in no way shape or form a dangerous criminal. I am not a violent man. I am not an insurrectionist. I am certainly not a domestic terrorist. I am nothing like these criminals that I have been incarcerated with.

"I thought I was going to get 20 years solitary confinement. This trauma has done something to me ... I have the white hairs to prove it ... on my chest ... on my arms ... I should not have white hairs your honour."

Judge Royce C. Lamberth noted how Chansley appeared to be sorry for what he did back in January, however noted that 'what you did here was horrific, as you can now see'.

He has received the longest sentence out of any of the 675 people convicted of being involved in the deadly protest.

Judge Lamberth sentenced Chansley to 41 months (or more than three years) behind bars. He will also be on probation for three years after his release.

The rioter handed himself over to authorities two days after the January 6 insurrection and admitted to the FBI what he did.

His indictment originally tried to charge him with civil disorder, violent entry, and disorderly conduct, however authorities eventually wrestled that down to the single charge of obstruction.

During his trial, his lawyer revealed Chansley has since disavowed the QAnon conspiracy theory and has turned his back on Donald Trump despite earlier trying to get a presidential pardon from him.

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Stewart Perrie
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