An American who became one of the iconic invaders of the Capitol In January, with his tattoos showing and his look with buffalo horns, he pleaded guilty Friday to unlawful trespassing and violent conduct in federal court in Washington.
Jacob Chansley, better known as Jack Angeli, self-proclaimed ‘shaman’ and follower of the conspiracy theories of QAnon, was arrested days after the assault on Congress.
He risked 20 years in prison, but with this acknowledgment of guilt his sentence should go to between 41 and 51 months in prison, minus the eight he already spent behind bars, according to prosecutor Kimberly Paschall.
“He has no criminal record, he was not violent” during the assault, his lawyer assured during the hearing by videoconference. Albert Watkins, that you asked your client to wait for the ruling at liberty.
The lawyer noted that Chansley has suffered for several years from “personality disorders” that were aggravated by a period of detention in isolation.
Judge Royce Lamberth indicated that he will decide on a possible release later. The sentence will be known on November 17.
The man was part of the crowd of supporters of the former president Donald Trump that invaded the Capitol on January 6 to try to stop lawmakers from validating Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
Chansley called himself a “soldier” of QAnon, a conspiracy movement that has Trump as its hero and that celebrated the invasion of the Capitol as a triumph.
Five people were killed during or shortly after the attack.