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Jacob Chansley, “Q-Anon Shaman” Gets Longest Sentence Of Any Capitol Rioter So Far

Jacob Chansley, “Q-Anon Shaman” Gets Longest Sentence Of Any Capitol Rioter So Far

Trump invited riot, says attorney

Jacob Chansley, the man who became an icon of the January 6th attack on the Capitol Building thanks to his unique headdress and clothing, will spend more than another two years in prison, after his sentencing Wednesday.

Trump invited riot, says attorney
[Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images]

The Washington Post reports that the sentence handed down Wednesday was for a total of 41 months in prison, or almost three-and-a-half years total. One other participant in the attack has received the same sentence length — his charges included punching a Capitol officer. While the government had requested the maximum time for Chansley, which would have been 51 months, his attorney argued that he has been punished enough with the time he’s already served.

Law & Crime reporter Adam Klasfeld, live-tweeting the sentencing hearing, shared other tidbits, including that Chansley gave a long speech in court, acknowledging his guilt, and that U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said that the defendant could not be let off lightly, because, “What you did here is horrific.”

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Chansley has made media appearances through his attorney, and has continued to make headlines during his prison time through such acts as demanding a special diet (which he was granted) and seeking a pardon from Donald Trump (which he was not granted). Earlier this year, Reuters reported that a judge had ordered a mental health evaluation on the man, who had been seen in his ‘shaman’ gear at previous protests and events. The evaluation was to determine whether Chansley was competent to stand trial, including his ability to understand the charges and assist in his own defense.

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