The man who stormed the United States Capitol in Washington in January, proven correct by face painting and a horned hat, pleaded guilty Friday to obstructing his business.
Self-contained “Shaman Qanoun” has been held for nearly eight months and has requested his release pending his sentence, scheduled for 17 November.
The attorney general said Jacob Chansley, who was widely photographed in the Senate chamber with a bayonet and a US flag, faces between 41 and 51 months in prison.
Prior to filing the lawsuit, Judge Jacob Chansley was deemed mentally stable after he was taken to a Colorado clinic for a mental health evaluation.
Attorney Albert Watkins said that the solitary confinement his client faced, during most of his time in prison, had a negative effect on his mental health, and his time in Colorado helped him recover.
“I am very grateful for the court’s willingness to examine my mental weaknesses,” Jacob Chansley said before pleading guilty to obstruction of work.
However, US District Judge Royce Lamberth is considering Jacob Chansley’s request for release while awaiting sentencing.
The man now pleading guilty to the January 6 Capitol invasion was in the front row of the pro-Trump protester, shouting slogans into a megaphone and referring to then-Vice President Mike Pence as a “traitor.”
The image of Jacob Chansley, his face painted in the colors of the American flag, standing naked and screaming, was one of the first striking elements to come out of the protest.
Albert Watkins also said that his client was “terribly in love” with Donald Trump and, like other protesters, believed that the former Republican president had called him to appear on Capitol Hill, but later felt betrayed that he refused to grant him a pardon. attack.
Jacob Chansley is one of about 600 people accused in the riots that forced members of Congress into hiding as they gathered to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
Fifty people have already pleaded guilty to participating in the attack on the Capitol, and most have been charged with insubordination.
So far, only one accused has been punished after pleading guilty.
Paul Hodgkins, a Florida crane operator who violated the Senate chamber while carrying a Donald Trump campaign flag, was sentenced in July to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to obstructing an official case.
Authorities estimate that on January 6, about 10,000 people walked toward the Capitol and about 800 stormed the building.
Five people were killed and about 140 police were attacked by pro-Trump protesters.
At the time, about 600 people were indicted in connection with the attack, including 165 accused of assaulting authorities.
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