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"QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley sentenced for role in January 6 attack on the Capitol

“QAnon Shaman” was indicted Wednesday on one felony count of obstruction of justice charges related to the participation in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Jacob Anthony Chansley/Jake Angeli a.k.a. “QAnon Shaman" on D.C. streets before the U.S. Capitol siege, Washington D.C., January 6, 2020. Photo: Julian Leshay

WASHINGTON (WNJ) The man known as the "QAnon Shaman," who stormed the Senate chamber on January 6 adorned in face paint and wearing a fur helmet with horns, has been sentenced on Wednesday for his involvement in the attack on the Capitol.

Jacob Chansley, 34, from Phoenix, Arizona, pleaded guilty in September to one felony count of obstruction for his role in trying to block the counting of the 2020 Electoral College votes related to the presidential election. He was sentenced to 41 months behind bars, on 1 felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding.

Images of a shirtless, spear-carrying Chansley on the streets of Washington DC, followed by him entering the halls of Congress and sitting in the Senate president's chair became iconic representations of the mayhem and idiocy of January 6, when hundreds of pro-Trump rioters stormed the building and briefly delayed the formal counting of the electoral votes.



WeekenderNJ along with other independent news outlets captured photographs and videos of the “QAnon Shaman” outside and inside the Capitol building, yelling at officers. He made his way into the Senate chamber, where he scrawled, "It's Only A Matter of Time. Justice Is Coming," on paper covering the desk where Vice President Mike Pence had been presiding over the Senate just minutes before, investigators said.

On January 7, Chansley voluntarily called the FBI and admitted to his role in the attack, surrendering two days later. He was originally charged in a six-count indictment that included civil disorder, violent entry, and disorderly conduct before agreeing to plead guilty to the single charge of obstruction in September. Chansey has been jailed in Washington, D.C., and Virginia since his arrest.

Chansey, who according to court filings suffers from a schizotypal personality disorder, asked Lamberth to sentence him to a time-served prison penalty, meaning he would get full credit for the time he has already spent behind bars.

His attorney blamed his presence at the Capitol on January 6 in part on his difficult family history and being "deemed an oddball" by classmates in school, yet benign a patriot with a sincere love for America.

Prosecutors, however, painted a different picture of the one-time sailor on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, who was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2007.

Prosecutors, however, painted a different picture of the one-time sailor on the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, who was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2007.

"The defendant ... stalked the hallowed halls of the building, riling up other members of the mob with his screaming obscenities about our nation's lawmakers," they said, characterizing his role in the riot as the mob's "flagbearer."

"The damage done by the defendant and the mob he cheered onward that day will last far longer than the hours' delay in the certification of the Presidential election results," the government concluded.

His attorney argued Wednesday that his client was neither a planner nor organizer of the riot.


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