Jacob Chansley, a January 6 spear-carrying rioter whose horned fur hat, bare chest and face paint made him one of the more recognizable figures in the attack on the Capitol, was sentenced on Wednesday to 41 months in prison.
Chansley, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding, was among the first rioters to enter the building. He has admitted that he used the bullhorn to incite the crowd, thanking him during a prayer in the Senate that he had got rid of the traitors and scratching a threatening note to Vice President Mike Pence saying, “It’s only time.” It’s about.. Justice is coming!”
Although he is not charged with violence, prosecutors say Chancele, Arizona’s “public face of the capital riots” who went into the attack with a weapon, repeatedly ignored police orders to leave the building. and were excited about their actions. days immediately after the attack.
Before sentencing, Chancellor told US District Judge Royce Lamberth that it was wrong for him to enter the Capitol and that he accepts responsibility for his actions. He insisted he was not a rebel and was upset with the way he was portrayed in the news after the riots.
“I have no excuse,” Chansley said. “No excuse. My behavior is unforgivable.”
The judge said that Chancellor’s remorse appeared genuine but noted the seriousness of his actions at the Capitol. “What you did was terrible,” Lamberth said. “You made yourself the center of the riot.”
The image of Chancellor holding a flag is topped with the tip of a spear and looks as though she was most striking to emerge from the riots. He previously called himself a “QAnon Shaman” but has since dismissed the QAnon movement, which centers on the baseless belief that former President Donald Trump was fighting a horde of devil-worshipping, child sex trafficking cannibals.
He is among 650 people charged in the riots that forced lawmakers into hiding as they met to testify to President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. More than 120 defendants have pleaded guilty, mostly to the misdemeanor charges of performing at the Capitol, which carry a maximum sentence of six months in prison.
New Jersey gym owners Chansley and Scott Fairlamb, sentenced last week for punching a police officer during an assault, have received the longest prison sentences among 38 Capitol riot defendants who have been sentenced so far.
Chansley, who has been in jail for 10 months, demanded a timely sentencing. His lawyer, Albert Watkins, said his client has long-standing mental health problems that were worsened by living in solitary confinement due to COVID-19 protocols and is in dire need of mental health treatment.
In the year before the Capitol riot, Chancellor appeared at pro-Trump events, protests over face mask requirements, and a gathering of Trump supporters outside an election office in downtown Phoenix in November 2020, where votes from the presidential race were counted. was being done.
His lawyer has said that Chansley was “horribly beaten” by Trump and, like other rioters, believed that Trump called him to the Capitol, but was later denied pardon by Trump. who had taken part in the rebellion.
Watkins has said that Chancellor was under pressure from family members to plead not guilty because she believed Trump would be reinstated as president and pardoned.
After spending his first month in prison, Chancellor said he reevaluated his life, felt sorry for storming the building, and apologized for instilling fear in others.
While in prison he gave up eating twice and lost 20 pounds (9 kg) until he was given organic food.
The judge had previously rejected Chancellor’s claims that the six-foot flag he had raised during the riot was not a weapon and that the tip of the metal spear was an ornament, saying that the six-inch pointed point was used. Could be used to stab people from afar. , ,
Billoud from Phoenix reported.