QAnon shaman Jacob Chansley pleads guilty in Trump Capitol riot
A protester yells “freedom” in the Senate Chamber after the US Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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“QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley – whose bizarre costume made him one of the most notorious members of a Trump supporter mob that raided the US Capitol on Jan. 6 – will plead guilty in his criminal case on Friday, according to a new court record revealed.
Chansley gained widespread attention during the riot after being caught in photos and videos as he walked shirtless, heavily tattooed, wielding a spear, and wearing face-paint, along with a fur hat with horns through the Capitol complex.
Chansley, who subscribes to the fake QAnon conspiracy theory, is currently facing six charges, including obstruction of an official process, rioting, entering a restricted building, and forcibly entering the Capitol.
However, it is not clear which charges or charges the Arizona man, who is being detained, agreed to appear in the US District Court in Washington, DC
A notice in the court’s file on Thursday indicated that a “settlement hearing” would be held on Friday morning.
Chanlsey’s attorney Albert Watkins said he would hold a press conference after hearing his client.
“It’s been a long and tortured journey from January 6th to date,” Watkins wrote in an email to CNBC.
Chansley is among the highest profile of nearly 600 defendants in Capitol Riots cases, which began after then-President Donald Trump rally called on supporters to march to Congress and seek confirmation of Joe Biden’s election as Oppose president.
Reuters reported on July 23 that Chansley, also known as Jacob Angeli, was in negotiations with prosecutors after prison psychologists diagnosed him with mental illnesses including transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.
Watkins told Reuters at the time that the diagnosis was similar to the readings in Chansley’s 2006 Mental Health Records with the US Navy.
The attorney said Chansley’s expressed delusions, including “believing that he is actually directly related to Jesus and Buddha.”
Prosecutors said Chansley ran into the Senate Chamber and up to the dais during the riot, where then-Vice President Mike Pence had led the Biden White House Victory Confirmation process minutes earlier.
Chansley left a note on the dais of the Senate Chamber.
When the FBI questioned Chansley about the meaning of his words, he made “a lengthy hate speech describing current and former United States political leaders as intruders, particularly Vice President Mike Pence,” prosecutors wrote.