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QAnon shaman Jacob Chansley pleads guilty in Capitol riot case

  • "QAnon shaman" Jacob Chansley pleaded guilty to a single count of obstructing a proceeding of Congress, nearly eight months after gaining widespread notoriety for his bizarre appearance as he invaded the Capitol with a horde of other Trump supporters.
  • He faces up to 20 years in prison for the charge, one of six counts he was originally indicted on in federal court in Washington, D.C.
  • Chansley was shirtless, wielding a spear, wearing face paint and a fur hat with horns when he walked into the Capitol complex on Jan. 6 with thousands of others, disrupting confirmation by a joint session of Congress of Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election.

Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansley, known as the QAnon Shaman, is seen at the Capital riots, January 6, 2021.Brent Stirton | Getty Images

"QAnon shaman" Jacob Chansley pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of obstructing a proceeding of Congress, nearly eight months after gaining widespread notoriety for his bizarre appearance as he invaded the Capitol with a horde of other Trump supporters.

Chansley, who has been jailed without bond since his arrest in January, faces up to 20 years in prison for the charge, one of six counts he was originally indicted on in federal court in Washington, D.C.

But the 33-year-old Phoenix, Arizona, man is likely to receive a less severe punishment than that under federal guidelines when he is sentenced Nov. 17.

A prosecutor said that a rough calculation of those guidelines suggest a prison sentence of between 41 to 51 months in prison. Chansley would get credit toward that sentence for the time he was jailed since his arrest.

Judge Royce Lamberth accepted Chansley's plea agreement with prosecutors after ruling he was mentally competent to understand the proceeding.

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