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Arizona’s “QAnon Shaman” agreed to plead guilty in breach of the Capitol

According to a court document, the so-called “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chancery has agreed to a plea agreement for his role in the destruction of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The hearing is scheduled for Friday morning. Held.

According to the record of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Chanceley will appear before Judge Royce C. Lambers for a plea agreement hearing.

On January 6, someone saw the Arizona man in the Capitol, shirtless, wearing a unique hat with horns. The next day, he told the U.S. Capitol police and FBI agents that he went to Washington because Trump called on all “patriots” to go there to protest during a joint meeting of Congress.

A criminal lawsuit alleges that Chanceley “intentionally and deliberately entered or remained on the floor of the Capitol or any cloakroom or hall adjacent to that floor without authorization.”

The 33-year-old Chansley was arrested in January and charged with six charges, including civil strife, disorderly conduct, and obstruction of official procedures. The details of his plea agreement with the government, including the allegations of his plea, have not yet been made public.

In this week’s press release, Chansley’s lawyer Albert Watkins stated that in the months after the Capitol incident, Chansley painted a difficult path that included “pain, depression, Solitary confinement, introspection, recognition of mental health vulnerabilities, and the upcoming need to cope with more self-work.”

Watkins said that Chanceley “denied” his belief in the QAnon conspiracy theory.

The lawyer revealed last month that Chanceley was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses by psychologists from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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On January 6, 2021, Jacob Chansley (center) and other protesters were seen inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Photo by Manuel Blace Ceneta/Associated Press)

In a previous interview, Watkins told The Epoch Times that the conditions Chansley faced in prison were “gulag-like treatment.”

“His mental health and emotional health have been severely challenged,” Watkins said. “He is not violent or destructive in any way. He is not armed. He is not threatening. He can’t see the end. His only reliable and uncontrolled contact with the outside world is his lawyer, me. He is alone.”

To date, nearly 600 protesters have been charged for violating the Capitol, and many of them are still detained without bail.

In an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes Plus” in March, Chanceley said that his actions were “not an attack on this country.”

“That is incorrect. It is completely inaccurate,” he said. “I sang a song that is part of shamanism. It is about creating positive vibrations in a sacred room.”

“I also prevented people from stealing and sabotaging the sacred space of the Senate. I actually prevented someone from stealing muffins from the lounge. I also made a prayer in that sacred room because I intend to bring divinity and bring God Bring it back to the Senate,” he added.

He claimed that the police “waved” him at the Capitol on January 6.

Chansley said: “This is my worst regret. I believe it is acceptable when we are waved by the police.”

Watkins has stated that he will hold a virtual press conference after the hearing at 2 pm Eastern Time.

Allan Stein contributed to this report.

Isabel van Brugen

Isabel van Brugen

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Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and is currently a journalist for The Epoch Times. She holds a master’s degree in newspaper journalism from City College, University of London.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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