Jacob Chansley, the man who stormed the US Capitol in January disguised as a bison, pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of obstruction of official proceedings during a session of Congress. The guilty plea for Chansley, 34, of Arizona, is part of an agreement with the prosecution, which includes the payment of $ 2,000 in compensation for damages caused to the complex.
The so-called ‘shaman of QAnon’ has also accepted a recommended sentence of between 41 and 51 months in prison to which, according to various American media, the time he has been in jail since last January 9, three days, would be deducted after the assault. The reading of the sentence has been set for next November 17.
During the hearing before a federal court in the District of Columbia, which was held virtually, Chansley limited himself to answering with ‘yes’ and ‘no’ to the questions that were asked. Another defendant who pleaded guilty to the same charge received an 8-month prison sentence in July.
Hundreds of followers of former US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, in an event that left five dead, including a police officer. The assault occurred during a joint session of the two houses of Congress to ratify the victory in the November elections of Joe Biden.
Chansley, an adept at the conspiracy theories of the Qanon movement, became the most high-profile assailant on the Capitol because he did so disguised as a bison and even sat in the chair of the Senate president. He was arrested three days after the assault, accused of entering a restricted building without authorization and with violence. More than 600 people have been indicted in federal court for the assault on the Capitol.
Since then he has remained in prison awaiting trial, although his media interest remained active after demanding that he be offered organic food in prison and refusing to eat for nine days until he was successful.
Despite initially identifying himself as an adept of QAnon, his lawyer, Albert Watkins, said in a statement this Friday that he had “repudiated the Q” and asked that his client no longer be associated with that letter. However, the lawyer admitted that his client will always be remembered as “the face of January 6”. “He is to January 6 what the Swoosh is to Nike,” Watkins said, referring to the logo of the American sportswear brand.