UPDATE: QAnon Shaman faces 41-51 months after pleading guilty in Jan. 6 insurrection
PHOENIX, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Arizona man known as the “QAnon Shaman” pleaded guilty to one charge in connection to the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, 34, appeared in federal court early Friday, Sept. 3, for the change of plea hearing. AZ Family said he will likely face 41-51 months in prison for obstruction of an official proceeding.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Chansley faces a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced Nov. 17.
Prosecutors will count the eight months Chansley has served behind bars.
“According to court papers filed, on the afternoon of Jan. 6, Chansley was among the crowd that passed the police line at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. “In the seven months since Jan. 6, more than 570 individuals have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including over 170 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. The investigation remains ongoing.”
Chansley had been facing six federal charges, including civil disorder and entering a restricted building. If convicted, he could have been sentenced to decades in prison.
Photos of Chansley wearing a coonskin hat with horns and red, white and blue face paint while carrying a spear with an American flag on it inside the Capitol have been widely circulated on the internet.
FBI leaders said Chansley’s “distinctive” tattoos on his arms and chest made him easy to find. He was arrested days after the riot, and has since remained in jail. He later went on a hunger strike, demanding only organic foods due to his Shamanic faith.
Chansley has worn the same outfit at several protests in Arizona, and has previously said he had been invited inside the Capitol by former President Donald Trump. He also called former Vice President Mike Pence a “traitor.”
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