The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to sentence Jacob Chansely — who has become known as the “QAnon Shaman” — to 51 months in prison for his actions the U.S. Capitol on January 6, according to CNN.
Prosecutors’ request for the high-profile Capitol riot defendant Jacob Chansley is as a harsh assessment of his crime and calls him “quite literally, their flagbearer” among the mob on January 6.In their sentencing request to the judge filed late Tuesday night, prosecutors made clear they hope to use Chansley’s sentence as an example to deter future attacks on the government.The attempted coup, prosecutors wrote, “has made us all question the safety and security of the country in which we live.”“Those enormous harms, borne out of the acts of this defendant, must be deterred so that we never see a similar assault on our democracy again,” they continued.
Pictures of Chansley at the Capitol went viral because of a bizarre appearance — shirtless, with face paint and a horned, furry headdress — while leading others through the Capitol, shouting into a bullhorn. As one of the first 30 rioters inside the building, he made his way to the Senate dais that was hastily vacated earlier by Vice President Mike Pence, and left a note, according to his plea documents.Chansley also carried an American flag on a speared flagpole, which prosecutors have characterized as a weapon.
“He was not an organizer. He was not a planner. He was not violent. He was not destructive. He was not a thief. It is time for the Shaman to start on his journey to freedom — not from jail, but from mental health infirmities of significance.”