PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The Arizona man known as the “QAnon Shaman” is expected to be sentenced on Wednesday morning after pleading guilty to a felony charge for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, 34, entered a plea agreement on Sept. 3, and prosecutors requested last week Chansley serve more than four years in prison. They have a harsh assessment of his crime and calls him “quite literally, their flagbearer” among the mob on Jan. 6.
The Justice Department is asking for the so-called QAnon Shaman, who wore a headdress and posed shirtless on the Senate floor during the siege of the US Capitol, to be sentenced to a prison term of more than four years, the longest incarceration prosecutors have asked for any guilty January 6 defendant so far, according to a new court filing.
Chansley’s photos went viral shortly after the riot due to his distinctive clothing and tattoos. He was shirtless, wearing a Viking hat with fur and horns, face paint and carrying an American flag with something sharp tied to the tip of the pole. Officials say Chansley took pictures of himself on the Senate dais and refused to get off the seat before police were able to clear him and others from the Chamber.
Since Jan 6., more than 570 people have been arrested throughout the nation for the Capitol breach. 170 of those people have been charged with assaulting law enforcement. The 51 months in prison that prosecutors are asking for in Chansley’s case would be the longest prison term among the hundreds of people charged. Chansley has been in jail for more than 10 months.
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