The follower of Donald Trump and self-proclaimed ‘shaman‘whose bare chest and horned fur headdress made him the face of the January 6 assault on the Capitol from the United States, was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison.
The Prosecutor’s Office demanded more than four years in prison for Jacob Chansley, 34, who had pleaded guilty in September to invading the headquarters of the US Congress along with hundreds of Trump supporters to prevent legislators from certifying the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election.
Chansley “became the image” of that day of chaos that shook American democracy, Judge Royce Lamberth said in sentencing.
“What you did is terrible,” he added, while taking into account the “regrets” expressed by the accused.
On January 6, Chansley, who adheres to the conspiracy theories of QAnon, entered the Senate headquarters armed with a spear and naked torso, sat in the chair reserved for the vice president, Mike Pence, and left a note that said, “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming!”
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, the ‘shaman’ was arrested a few days after the incident and has been in custody for ten months.
In September, he pleaded guilty to obstructing an official act in federal court in Washington.
The Prosecutor’s Office asked for more than four years
On November 10, the Prosecutor’s Office claimed 51 months in prison, which would have been the most severe sentence handed down against a participant in the assault on the January 6th, despite the violence charges being dropped.
This ruling, however severe, “will be enough to forever deter any criminal act of this kind,” prosecutor Kimberly Paschall said Wednesday. “Justice will not sit idly by while the peaceful transfer of power is attacked.”
To explain the seriousness of the case, he recalled that Jacob Chansley had published “scathing messages” on social networks against “corrupt politicians and traitors in the Government” long before the events of January 6. “If the defendant had been peaceful, he would not be here today,” he said.
“A crowd that storms the Capitol with the aim of interrupting the activities of the parliamentarians is not peaceful, it carries out a criminal obstruction,” he explained.
Speaking at length with the judge, Jacob Chansley stated that “he is not a dangerous criminal”, but that he suffers from “personality disorders” that he wants to cure in order to become a “better man.”
“I am not a violent man”
«I am not a violent man, nor an insurgent and I am certainly not a terrorist. I’m just a good man who broke the law, “he explained, claiming to believe” in freedom, law and order, and responsibility.
Put in solitary confinement in prison, he said he had time to look at himself in a mirror and say to himself: “Dude, you really screwed up ugly.”
Before the trial, your attorney Albert Watkins had claimed that Chansley had repudiated the QAnon movement and said he was “disappointed” by Donald Trump.
A total of 664 people were charged to varying degrees for their involvement in the deadly assault on the Capitol, according to the George Washington University Extremism Research Program.
Five people died during or shortly after the attack, including a police officer and a protester killed by an officer inside the building.