A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the U.S. Capitol rioter dubbed “Shaman QAnon” for his horned headdress to 41 months in prison for his role in the deadly Jan.6 attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to impose a 51-month longer sentence on Jacob Chansley, who pleaded guilty in September to obstructing formal proceedings when he and thousands of others took to storming the building in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden for election.
The sentence matches that imposed by a judge on a former mixed martial artist filmed beating a police officer, who was sentenced last week to 41 months in prison.
Lamberth said he believed Chansley, who had given a long speech before being sentenced, had done a lot to convince the court he was “on the right track”.
Chansley’s lawyers have asked the judge to serve jail time for their client, who has been detained since his arrest in January. He appeared in court in a dark green prison jumpsuit, with a beard and shaved head.
While in detention, Chansley was diagnosed by prison authorities as suffering from transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. When he pleaded guilty, Chansley said he was disappointed Trump did not pardon him.
Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives and acquitted by the Senate on incitement to the January 6 riot for a heated speech that preceded him, in which he told his supporters to “fight like hell” .
Four people died in the violence. A Capitol policeman who had been attacked by protesters died the day after the riot and four policemen who participated in the Capitol’s defense later committed suicide. About 140 police officers were injured.
Defense attorney Albert Watkins said the US Navy discovered in 2006 that Chansley suffered from a personality disorder, but declared him “fit for duty” nonetheless.