On Wednesday, “QAnon Shaman ” whose actual name is Jacob Chansley, will present before a federal judge to be sentenced for his part in the insurrection. The man had notably marched through the U.S. Capitol with a spear and horned helmet during the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Last week, prosecutors said that 33 years old Chansley, would be sentenced to imprisonment of 51 months, and this would be the longest imprisonment term in comparison with the hundreds of other people who were charged with the accusations about the riot.
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In the filing, prosecutors wrote “The defendant was among the first 30 rioters to penetrate the U.S. Capitol building,” adding “The defendant then stalked the hallowed halls of the building, riling up other members of the mob with his screaming obscenities about our nation’s lawmakers, and flouting the ‘opportunity to rid our government of those he has long considered being traitors.”
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On 3rd September, Chansley proved guilty to one offense count of illegally obstructing a formal proceeding. From the Jan. 6 riot, he will be among one of those offense defendants to learn his fate and join several other lower-level malefaction defendants who have been imprisoned so far.
Prosecutors said “The government cannot overstate the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct as one of the most prominent figures of the historic riot on the Capitol on January 6, 2021,” adding “His consistent rhetoric before and after the event, and his apparent ability to carry out his intentions of violently removing the ‘traitors’ in our government, is clear from the evidence in this case.
Only the valiant efforts of law enforcement kept those upon whom he set his sights out of his path.”
Threatening Note for Then-Vice President Mike Pence
There have been several images and video clips that show Chansley carrying his spear into the Senate chamber, where prosecutors say a panel of rioters in prayer on the dais has been led by him and a threatening note was left behind for then-Vice President Mike Pence.
The note read “It’s Only A Matter of Time. Justice Is Coming!”
In January, a brief that has been presented to a judge, “Chansley is a high-profile leader and the self-professed shaman of QAnon.” Later in September, Chansley’s lawyer stated that his client had denied the QAnon conspiracy theses.
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If the sentence that has been recommended by the government is accepted by the U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, Chansley, who has no accusation of either assaulting law enactment or damaging property would be bound to spend longer imprisonment than a former mixed martial arts fighter.
Scott Fairlam, who was sentenced last week for imprisonment for 41 months since he was charged with attacking a police officer during the insurrection.
The longest sentence recommended ahead of the sentence of eight months to Fairlam, passed on to Paul Hodgkins, and he was accompanying Chansley into the Senate chamber.
Chansey Goes Through Significant Mental Health Issues- Watkins
Albert Watkins, Chansley’s lawyer, stated that his client goes through major mental health illnesses and last week requested consideration for a sentence “significantly below” than of 51 months being asked by prosecutors.
Watkins said, “This case is about a remarkable, gentle, kind, smart, spiritual, non-violent young man who has spent his life trying to overcome significant but secreted vulnerabilities, hardships, and societal neglect to self-educate scholastically, self-educate spiritually, self-navigate societally, and self-conclude that he is accountable for his actions, seeks to be held accountable, and wishes nothing short of the Court recognizing same.”
He said about his client “He seeks not to be seen as a political prisoner,” adding “He seeks not to blame a former president for his actions. He seeks not to justify his actions with any explanation. He seeks solely to be held accountable.”
For nearly 10 months, Chansley has been held in prison.