A federal judge sentenced Jacob Chansley, known as the “QAnon shaman,” to 41 months in prison for his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Chansley’s sentence is one of the steepest to be handed out for crimes related to the Capitol riot. His 41 months ties the lengthiest sentence yet passed down. Of the 16 people who have pleaded guilty to felonies in connection with the riot, only three others have been sentenced, earning prison terms of eight, 14, and 41 months for a man who punched a Capitol police officer, according to The Washington Post.
On January 6, Chansley stormed the Capitol shirtless while carrying a spear with an American flag tied to it. On his head, he wore a helmet that appeared to be covered in animal hide with horns coming out either side. He yelled obscenities from the Senate gallery before making his way down to the Senate floor and taking control of the dais, sitting in the chair former Vice President Mike Pence had vacated minutes before and calling Pence a “f***ing traitor.”
The recommended prison sentence for Chansley’s crime was 41 to 51 months. Prosecutors pushed for the maximum recommended sentence, emphasizing Chansley’s role as the “public face” of the riot.
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