Donald Trump’s follower and self-proclaimed “shaman” whose bare chest and horned fur hat made him a the face of January 6 assault on the United States Capitol, was sentenced this Wednesday to 41 months in prison.
The prosecution demanded more than four years in prison for Jacob Chansley, 34, who had pleaded guilty in September to invading the headquarters of the US Congress along with hundreds of Trump supporters to prevent lawmakers from certifying Joe Biden‘s victory in the presidential election.
Chansley “Became the image” of that day of chaos that shook the American democracy, said Judge Royce Lamberth when pronouncing the sentence. “What you did is terrible,” he added, while keeping in mind the “regrets”Stated by the accused.
On January 6, Chansley, who adheres to QAnon’s conspiracy theories, He entered Senate headquarters armed with a spear and naked torso, sat in the chair reserved for Vice President Mike Pence and left a note that read: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming!”
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, the “shaman” was arrested a few days after the incident and has been in custody for ten months. In September, he pleaded guilty to obstructing an official act in federal court in Washington.
On November 10, the prosecution claimed 51 months in prison, which would have been the most severe sentence handed down against a participant in the January 6 assault, despite the violence charges being dropped.
“You were wrong ugly”
This ruling, however severe, “It will be enough to forever deter any criminal act of this type”prosecutor Kimberly Paschall said Wednesday. “Justice will not sit idly by while attacking the peaceful transfer of power,” he added.
To explain the seriousness of the case, recalled that Jacob Chansley had posted “scathing messages” on social media against “corrupt politicians and traitors in government” long before the events of January 6.
“If the defendant had been peaceful, he would not be here today,” he said. “A crowd that assaults the Capitol with the aim of interrupting the activities of the parliamentarians is not peaceful, it carries out a criminal obstruction”he explained.
Speaking at length with the judge, Jacob Chansley stated that “he is not a dangerous criminal” but that he suffers from “personality disorders” that he wants to cure in order to become a “better man”.
“I am not a violent man, nor an insurgent and I am certainly not a terrorist. I’m just a good man who broke the law”, He explained, claiming to believe“ in freedom, law and order and responsibility ”.
Put in solitary confinement in jail, Chansley said he had time to look in a mirror and say to himself, “Dude, you really screwed up ugly.” Before the trial, his lawyer Albert Watkins had claimed that Chansley had repudiated the QAnon movement and said he was “Disappointed” by Donald Trump.
A total of 664 people were charged to varying degrees for their involvement in the deadly assault on the Capitolaccording to the George Washington University Extremism Research Program.
Five people died during the attack or shortly after, including a police officer and a protester killed by an officer inside the building.
(With information from AFP)
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