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‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley to be sentenced for storming U.S. Capitol

A pro-Trump protester, nicknamed the “QAnon Shaman” will be sentenced on Wednesday for his role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In his horned headdress, shirtless and heavily tattooed, Jacob Chansley became one of the most recognizable of the hundreds of Donald Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol after the then-president in a fiery speech falsely claimed that his November election defeat was the result of fraud.

Chansley is a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory that casts Trump as a savior figure and elite Democrats as a cabal of Satanist pedophiles and cannibals.

Most of the guilty pleas in Jan. 6 prosecutions have been in cases involving non-violent misdemeanors, but government lawyers are now seeking prison sentences for some defendants facing more serious felony charges. Prosecutors are seeking a four-year sentence for Chansley. His attorney, Albert Watkins, said in court filing last week that Chansley should be released “as soon as possible,” noting that he will have spent more than 10 months in pretrial detention.

(Production: Pavithra George)


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