January 6 rioter wearing horned fur hat sentenced to 41 months – .

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January 6 rioter wearing horned fur hat sentenced to 41 months – .


Jacob Chansley, the January 6 rioter carrying a spear whose horned fur hat, bare chest and face paint made him one of the most recognizable figures in the assault on the Capitol, has was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison.

Chansley, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstructing due process, was among the first rioters to enter the building. He admitted to using a megaphone to annoy the crowd, thanking in a prayer while in the Senate for having had the chance to get rid of the traitors and strumming a threatening note at Vice President Mike Pence saying: “This is only a matter of time. Justice is coming! “

While not charged with violence, prosecutors say Chansley, of Arizona, was the ‘public face of the Capitol Riot’ who participated in the gun attack, ignored repeated orders police to leave the building and applauded their actions in the days immediately after the attack.

Before being sentenced, Chansley told U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth that he was wrong to enter Capitol Hill and that he accepted responsibility for his actions. He stressed that he was not an insurgent and is troubled by the way he was portrayed in reports in the aftermath of the riot.

“I have no excuse,” Chansley said. “No excuse. My behavior is indefensible.

The judge said Chansley’s remorse appeared genuine, but noted the gravity of his actions on Capitol Hill. “What you did was terrible,” Lamberth said. “You’ve made yourself the center of the riot. “

The image of Chansley holding a pole topped with a spearhead and appearing to howl was one of the most striking to emerge from the riot. He was previously called the “QAnon Shaman,” but has since repudiated the QAnon movement, which centers on the unsubstantiated belief that former President Donald Trump was fighting a cabal of Satan-worshiping cannibals and trafficking children for sexual purposes.

He is among 650 people indicted in the riot that forced lawmakers into hiding as they gathered to certify President Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. More than 120 defendants have pleaded guilty, mostly to the misdemeanor of demonstrating on Capitol Hill and facing up to six months in prison.

Chansley and Scott Fairlamb, a New Jersey gym owner convicted last week of hitting a police officer in the attack, received the longest jail terms of 38 Capitol Hill riot defendants who have been punished so far. now.

Chansley, who has been in jail for 10 months, has asked to be sentenced to jail. His lawyer, Albert Watkins, said his client suffered from long-standing mental health issues that were made worse by his imprisonment in solitary confinement due to COVID-19 protocols and is in urgent need of mental health treatment.

The year before the Capitol Riot, Chansley appeared in costume at pro-Trump events, protests against face mask requirements and at a rally of Trump supporters in November 2020 outside an election office of downtown Phoenix where the votes in the presidential race were counted.

His lawyer said Chansley was “horribly infatuated” with Trump and believed, like other rioters, that Trump called him to Capitol Hill, but then felt betrayed after Trump refused to grant him a pardon as well as ‘to others who participated in the uprising.

Watkins said Chansley was pressured by family members not to plead guilty because they believed Trump would be reinstated as president and forgive him.

After spending his first month in jail, Chansley said he reassessed his life, regretted storming the building and apologized for scaring others.

He quit eating twice in prison and lost 20 pounds (9 kilograms) until he was given organic food.

The judge had previously rejected Chansley’s claims that the six-foot flagpole he carried during his riot was not a weapon and that the tip of the metal spear was an ornament, claiming that the sharp point of six inches could have been used to stab people from a distance. . —–

Billeaud reported from Phoenix.

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