November 29, 2021

Jacob Chansley, the “Shaman QAnon” who took part in the assault on the Capitol, sentenced to nearly three and a half years in prison

Armed with a spear and shirtless, a self-proclaimed “shaman” and adherent to the QAnon nebula conspiracy theories had participated in the invasion of Congress with hundreds of supporters of Donald Trump, to prevent elected officials from validating the victory of the Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election.

With his buffalo horned headdress one of the faces of the January 6 attack, this pro-Trump conspiratorial activist was sentenced, Wednesday, November 17, to nearly three and a half years in prison by a Washington court, a sentence lighter than that claimed by the prosecution. Jacob Chansley, 34, “Has become the very image” of this day of chaos which had shaken the American democracy, underlined the judge Royce Lamberth by pronouncing a sentence of forty-one months of imprisonment. “What you have done is terrible”, he added, while taking into account the “Remorse” of the accused.

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Jacob Chansley walked into the Senate Chamber, sat in the chair reserved for Vice President Mike Pence and left a note saying: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming! “.

The man from Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested a few days after the incident and taken into custody. In September, he pleaded guilty to obstructing formal proceedings in federal court in Washington. The prosecution called for fifty-one months in prison on November 10, which would have been the heaviest sentence handed down against a participant in the January 6 assault, even though the charges of violence were dropped.

“Personality disorders”

This severe sentence “Will be enough to deter forever any criminal act of this kind”, explained, on Wednesday, prosecutor Kimberly Paschall. “Justice will not stand idly by as you attack the peaceful transfer of power. “ To explain its severity, she recalled that Jacob Chansley had posted “Vitriolic messages” on social networks against “Corrupt politicians and traitors in government”, well before the events of January 6. “ If the accused had been peaceful, he would not be here today ”, she said. “A crowd storming the Capitol with the aim of disrupting the activities of parliamentarians is not peaceful, it is a criminal obstruction”, she explained.

Speaking at length to the judge, Jacob Chansley claimed to be “Not a dangerous criminal” but suffer from “Personality disorders” that he wants to treat to become a “Better man”. “I am not a violent man, nor an insurgent and certainly not a terrorist. I’m just a good man who broke the law ”, he explained, assuring to believe “In liberty, law and order, and responsibility”. Placed in solitary confinement in prison, he recounted having had time to look at himself in a mirror to say to himself: “Dude, you really screwed up.” Before his judgment, his lawyer, Albert Watkins, had assured that Jacob Chansley had since repudiated the QAnon movement and had said ” disappointed “ par Donald Trump.

A total of 664 people were charged to varying degrees with their participation in the deadly assault, according to the Extremism Research Program at George Washington University.

Five people died during or shortly after the attack, including a police officer and a female protester killed by an officer inside the building. In addition, two police officers committed suicide in the days and weeks that followed, without a direct link having been established.

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The World with AFP