Jacob Chansley, famously known as the “QAnon Shaman,” was recently sentenced to 41 months in prison for the role that he played in the events of January 6 on Capitol Hill. The 41 months is in addition to the time that Chansley has already served.
The 34-year-old Arizonian had been arrested in the days following the breach on Capitol Hill, and he was ultimately indicted on six different charges, two of which were felonies. However, Chansley agreed to a plea deal with the government; consequently, Chansley ultimately pled guilty to a single count of obstructing an official proceeding in the U.S. District Court of Columbia.
“What you did here was horrific, as you now concede,” Judge Royce Lambeth proclaimed, adding that Chansley demonstrated “the type of conduct that is so serious that I cannot justify downward departure.”
Lambeth’s sentence emerges roughly a week after various federal prosecutors recommended a 51-month sentence for the notorious Capitol Hill participant, who attempted to disrupt the certification of electoral votes for Joe Biden.
Over the course of the sentencing hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Paschall argued that Chansley served as one of the primary instigators, in spite of the fact that he did not physically harm anyone during the aggressive breach on Capitol Hill.
She added that Chansley’s actions were not even remotely “peaceful,” as evidence by video footage taken from inside the Capitol. The footage reveals that Chansley left a note on Mike Pence’s desk that declared, “justice is coming.”
“If the defendant had been peaceful on that day, your honor, we would not be here,” Paschall continued, adding that Chansley also failed to comply with law enforcement during the breach.
Chansley’s attorney, Al Watkins, had argued in favor of greater leniency in his client’s case, adding that various prison psychologists had determined that he suffers from a wide array of mental differences, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
“I was in solitary confinement because of me,” Chansley acknowledged, noting that the punishment resulted from “[his] decision.”
“I should do what Gandhi would do and take responsibility,” Chansley continued over the course of his 30-minute testimony.
“There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it,” he concluded, “that’s what men of honor do.”
Chansley also vowed to never take part in any activity that could result in jail time again.
The Arizona resident became one of the most famous faces of the riot after he was photographed on repeated occasions carrying a six-foot pole with a spearhead into Capitol Hill. He had adorned himself with red and blue face paint, as well as a fur hat with horns.
Chansley had become known as the “QAnon Shaman” before the events of January 6, as he was previously observed at other marches and rallies.
As of Wednesday, November 17, 695 individuals have been arrested and subsequently charged with crimes related to the Capitol Hill riot, per data released by the Department of Justice.