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US Capitol rioter ‘QAnon Shaman’ sentenced to 41 months in prison

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Supporters of then US President Donald Trump, including Jacob Chansley also known as the “QAnon Shaman”(Centre), are pictured in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

US: A federal judge on Wednesday (Nov 17) sentenced the US Capitol rioter known as the “QAnon Shaman”for his horned headdress to 41 months in prison for his role in the deadly Jan 6 attack by followers of then-president Donald Trump.

Prosecutors had asked US District Judge Royce Lamberth to impose a longer 51-month sentence on Jacob Chansley, who pleaded guilty in September to obstructing an official proceeding when he and thousands of others stormed the building to try to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election.

The sentence matches one Lamberth imposed on a former mixed martial artist filmed punching a police officer during violence, who was sentenced last week to 41 months in prison. The two are the stiffest sentences handed down in any of the roughly 675 riot prosecutions. Lamberth said he believed Chansley, 34, had done a lot to convince the court he is “on the right track.”

Chansley’s attorney asked the judge for a sentence of time served for his client, who has been detained since his January arrest. Chansley appeared in court in a dark green prison jumpsuit, with a beard and shaved head.

“The hardest part of this is that I know I am to blame,” Chansley said, in a lengthy statement before he was sentenced, describing a difficult childhood and saying he had taken responsibility for his behaviour.

“I thought I was going to get 20 years solitary confinement,” he said, adding: “This trauma has done something to me… I have the white hairs to prove it… on my chest… on my arms… I should not have white hairs your honour.”

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