Jacob Chansley, whose horned fur hat, bare chest, and painted face made him one of the most recognizable participants in the Jan.6 assault on the Capitol, He was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in prison.
Chansley, who pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing official procedure, was one of the first assailants to enter the building. He has acknowledged that he used a megaphone to harangue the crowd, offer thanks in a prayer when he was in the Senate for having the opportunity to get rid of traitors, and wrote a threatening note to Vice President Mike Pence in which he said: “Justice will come! ”.
Although he was not charged with acts of violence, prosecutors said Chansley was “the public face of the riot on Capitol Hill.”, who went on the assault with a weapon, ignored repeated calls from the police to leave the building and boasted of his actions in the aftermath of the attack.
Before being sentenced, Chansley told Federal Judge Royce Lamberth that it was wrong of him to enter the Capitol and that he accepts responsibility for his actions. He emphasized that he was not an insurgent and that he was disturbed by the way he was described in the news after the assault.
“I have no excuses, no excuses,” Chansley said. “My conduct is indefensible.”
The judge said Chansley’s remorse appeared to be genuine, but pointed to the seriousness of his actions on Capitol Hill. “What you did was terrible,” Lamberth said. “You put yourself at the center of the riot.”
The image of Chansley carrying a spear-tipped flagpole while appearing to howl was one of the most notorious of the disturbance. Chansley previously called himself the “QAnon Shaman,” but has now rejected the QAnon movement, which centers on the false belief that then-President Donald Trump was fighting a conspiracy of cannibalistic child traffickers and Satan worshipers.
He is one of 650 defendants in the assault that forced lawmakers into hiding as they met to certify President Joe Biden‘s victory in the Electoral College. More than 120 defendants have pleaded guilty.