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‘QAnon Shaman’ Pleads Guilty to Charge Related to Capitol Riot

Jacob Chansley pleads guilty to felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A protester screams "Freedom" inside the Senate chamber after the U.S. Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building during demonstrations in the nation's capital.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

"QAnon Shaman" Jacob Chansley on January 6th, 2021

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The “QAnon Shaman,” one of the more prominent rioters that stormed the Capitol building on January 6th, pleaded guilty to charges related to his role in the insurrection attempt.

Jacob Chansley — or Jake Angeli, as he was known when he was first arrested a day after the riot and later charged with six federal crimes — agreed to plead guilty Friday prior to going to trial on charges that ranged from civil disorder, violent entry and disorderly conduct to a felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding. If found guilty at trial, Chansley faced up to 20 years in prison.

As part of the plea agreement, Chansley only pleaded guilty to the felony charge of obstruction of an official proceeding. 

Chansley earned the name the “QAnon Shaman” due to his January 6th ensemble, which included a horned bearskin headdress, American flag warpaint and Neo-Nazi iconography. However, Chansley’s lawyer Al Watkins said in a statement Thursday (via CNN) that his client hopes to disassociate from the viral infamy, as Chansley “is seeking, as part of his reconciliation of where he is today, to step away and distance himself from the Q vortex.”

“The path charted by Mr. Chansley since January 6 has been a process, one which has involved pain, depression, solitary confinement, introspection, recognition of mental health vulnerabilities, and a coming to grips with the need for more self-work,” Watkins added in a statement.

Chansley — who has so far spent eight months behind bars awaiting trial — will be sentenced on November 17th.


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