The “QAnon Shaman,” who real name is Jacob Chansley, was been sentenced to nearly three and a half years imprisonment for his role in the Capitol riot on January 6.
Chansley, 34, was sentenced to 41 months in prison by US District Court Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington, DC on Wednesday. He will, however, be given credit for the 10 months he has already served.
Soon after hordes of rioters stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC on January 6, images of a bare-chested “QAnon Shaman” wearing horns and fur and carrying a spear went viral.
Chansley, along with a mob of other supporters of President Trump, entered the Capitol by force in an attempt to obstruct the certification of Biden’s election win.
QAnon Shaman admits guilt, regrets actions
The “QAnon Shaman,” who was arrested just a few days after the riot, was indicted on six charges, including two felonies. As part of a plea deal, Chansley pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of an official proceeding.
Chansley, who was one of the first 30 people to enter the Capitol building on January 6, appears to regrets his actions. He stated that he struggled while in prison, and was diagnosed with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety while in custody.
“Men of honor admit when they’re wrong. Not just publicly but to themselves,” he said. “I was wrong for entering the Capitol. I have no excuse. No excuse whatsoever. The behavior is indefensible,” Chansley stated.
At sentencing, Judge Royce C. Lamberth stated that Chansley “didn’t slug anybody, but what you did here was actually obstruct the functioning of the whole government…You know what you did was wrong. I admire you for being able to come to terms.”
Despite admitting that what he did was wrong, the QAnon Shaman disagrees with the notion that he is a dangerous criminal.
“I am not a violent man. I am not an insurrectionist. I am certainly not a domestic terrorist…I am a good man who broke the law. And I’m doing everything I can to take responsibility for that,” he stated in court.
“I will never reoffend again,” Chansley continued. “And I will always, from here on forward, think about the ramifications of everything that I do and what it is I say and how it will be perceived.”
Prosecutors stressed that Chansley soon became the “public face of the riot” due to his unconventional appearance. In their sentencing memo, they referred to Chansley as “one of the most prominent figures of the historic riot on the Capitol on Jan 6, 2021.”
Chansely also played an active role in riling up his fellow rioters while in the Capitol itself. Once he had entered the building, he used the bullhorn he brought with him to encourage others during the chaos. He then entered the Senate gallery and screamed obscenities.