Arizona Man Known as ‘QAnon Shaman’ Pleads Guilty to Felony in Capitol Riot

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PHOENIX – An Arizona man dressed in face paint, shirtless and a cute hat with horns pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge and awaits sentencing when he joined the crowd that stormed the US Capitol on Jan. Wants to be released from jail.

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Jacob Chansley, who was widely photographed in the Senate chamber with a flag topped with a spear, could face 41 to 51 months in prison under sentencing guidelines, a prosecutor said. he said. The man, who calls himself a “law shaman,” has been in prison for nearly eight months since his arrest.

Before entering the plea, a judge found Chansley to be mentally capable after being transferred to a Colorado facility for a mental health evaluation. His lawyer, Albert Watkins, said the solitary confinement that Chansley faced for most of his time in prison had an adverse effect on his mental health, and that his time in Colorado helped him regain his sharpness.

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“I greatly appreciate the court’s willingness to investigate my mental infirmities,” Chansley said before pleading guilty to a charge of obstructing an official proceeding.

US District Judge Royce Lamberth is considering Chansley’s request to be released from prison while he awaits sentencing, which is set for November 17.

FILE – A crowd of supporters of US President Donald Trump fought over a door with members of law enforcement as he stormed the US Capitol building in Washington. 6 January 2021.
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Chansley was among the first wave of pro-Trump rioters to make their way into the Capitol building. When officers tried to control the crowd, he shouted in a bullhorn, posed for photos, referring to then-Vice President Mike Pence as a traitor while in the Senate. He wrote a note to Pence saying, “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.” He also made a social media post in November in which he campaigned for executions for traitors.

The image of Chancellor with her face painted like an American flag, wearing a bear skin headdress and looking as though she was one of the first striking images to emerge from the riots.

Chansley is among nearly 600 people charged in the riots that forced lawmakers into hiding as they were meeting to testify to President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Fifty others have pleaded guilty, most of them misdemeanor charges of demonstration at the Capitol.

Only one defendant who pleaded guilty to a felony charge has received a sentence so far. Paul Hodgkins, a Florida crane operator who breached a US Senate chamber carrying a Trump campaign flag, was sentenced in July to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to obstructing official proceedings.

Chancellor’s lawyer said her client has since rejected the QAnon movement, saying there is no further reference to her past association with the movement.

The man had long been a fixture at Trump’s rallies. Two months before the riots, he appeared in costume and carried the QAnon sign at a protest with other Trump supporters outside an election office in Phoenix where votes were being counted.

FILE – Jacob Anthony Chansley, also known as Jake Angeley, a follower of QAnon, speaks to supporters of then-President Donald Trump outside the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office on November 5, 2020 in Phoenix.

His lawyer has said that Chancellor was at first “horrifiedly beaten” by Trump and, like other rioters, believed that Trump had called him to the Capitol, but was later reprimanded by Trump for Chancellor and others who participated in the rebellion. felt betrayed after refusing to pardon him.

After spending his first month in prison, Chancellor said he reevaluated his life, expressed regret for storming the building and for instilling fear in others.

While in prison, Chansley gave up eating twice and lost 20 pounds (9 kilograms) until the authorities gave him organic food.

Watkins attributes the spear to an ornament, disputed that his client’s note to Pence was threatening, and claimed that Chancellor was in the capitol in a third wave of rioters.

But the judge said the video showed Chansley, entering the Capitol through a doorway as rioters smashed nearby windows, “substantially motivating” the crowd in the building.

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