November 29, 2021

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Jacob Chansley Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison

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Jacob Chansley Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison

A federal judge on Wednesday imposed a 41-month sentence on Jacob Chansley nicknamed the ‘QAnon Shaman’ for his role in the January 6 Capitol Hill incident. 

Jacob Chansley, 34, expressed remorse and spoke at length about his willingness to take responsibility for his actions – ‘like Ghandi’- during his sentencing hearing, earning from the presiding judge a surprising comparison to Martin Luther King Jr. 

Prosecutors had asked US District Judge Royce Lamberth to impose a longer 51-month sentence on Jacob Chansley, who pleaded guilty in September to obstructing an official proceeding when he and others stormed the building while Congress was certifying President Joe Biden’s election.

The sentence matches one imposed by a judge on a former mixed martial artist Scott Fairlamb, who was filmed punching a police officer during the chaos, who was sentenced last week to 41 months in prison.

Chansley is expected to receive credit for the roughly 10 months he has spent in jail, which would reduce his prison sentence to about 31 months.  

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