Phoenix-An Arizona man with paint on his face, no shirt, and a furry hat with horns, pleaded guilty to a felony on Friday when he joined the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Hope to be released while awaiting sentencing.
A prosecutor said that Jacob Chansley was widely photographed in the Senate with a spear on the flagpole. According to the sentencing guidelines, he could face 41 to 51 months in prison. The man calling himself “QAnon Shaman” has been sentenced to nearly eight months in prison after his arrest.
Before submitting his defense, the judge found that Chansley had mental capacity after being transferred to a facility in Colorado for a mental health assessment. His lawyer Albert Watkins stated that Chanceley faced solitary confinement for most of his time in prison, which had an adverse effect on his mental health, and his time in Colorado Helped him regain his sensitivity.
“I am very grateful for the court’s willingness to examine my mental vulnerability,” Chansley said before admitting to the allegations of obstructing official procedures.
US District Judge Royce Lambers is considering Chansley’s request, and he is released while awaiting sentencing on November 17.
Chansley was one of the first pro-Trump thugs to forcibly break into the Capitol. When the police tried to control the crowd, he yelled into the megaphone, posed for photos, and insulted the then Vice President Mike Pence as a traitor in the Senate. He wrote a note to Pence saying: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.” He also posted on social media in November to hang the traitor.
Chansley’s face was painted with the American flag and he wore a bearskin headdress, which looked as if he was howling. This was one of the first eye-catching images to appear during the riots.
About 600 people were charged in the riots, and Chanceley was one of them. The riots forced lawmakers to hide because they were meeting to prove President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. The other 50 people have pleaded guilty, mainly on misdemeanor charges for protesting in the Capitol.
So far, only one defendant who pleaded guilty to a felony charge has been punished. Paul Hodgkins, a crane operator from Florida, broke into the U.S. Senate chamber with the Trump campaign flag. He was sentenced to eight months in prison in July after admitting to obstructing official proceedings.
Chansley’s lawyer said that his client has since denied the QAnon movement and asked not to mention his past relationship with the movement.
For a long time, this man has been a frequent visitor at Trump rallies. Two months before the riots, he appeared in a costume in a protest and held the QAnon sign with other Trump supporters outside the election office in Phoenix, where votes were being counted.
His lawyers stated that Chanceley had been “severely hit” by Trump before, and like other mobs believed that Trump had called him to the Capitol, but Trump refused to grant Chanceley and other people involved in the riots. After being pardoned, he felt betrayed.
After the first month in prison, Chanceley said he had reassessed his life, expressed regret for breaking into the building, and apologized for causing fear among others.
Chansley abstained twice in prison and lost 20 pounds (9 kg) until the authorities gave him organic food.
Watkins characterizes the spear carried by Chansley as an ornament, argues that his client’s note to Pence is threatening, and claims that Chansley is the third wave of thugs entering the Capitol.
But the judge said that the video showed that when the mob smashed a nearby window, Chansley entered the Capitol from the door and “actually took the lead” into the building.