WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Capitol rioter nicknamed the “QAnon Shaman” for his horned head-dress arrived in federal courtroom on Wednesday to face a decide who may sentence him to greater than four years in prison for his position in the lethal Jan. 6 assault by former President Donald Trump’s followers.
Prosecutors have requested U.S. District Choose Royce Lamberth to impose a 51-month sentence on Jacob Chansley, who pleaded responsible in September to obstructing an official continuing when he and 1000’s of others stormed the constructing in an try and cease Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election.
“Defendant Chansley’s now-famous criminal acts have made him the public face of the Capitol riot,” prosecutors mentioned in asking for the 51-month sentence. That will be the stiffest imposed on any Capitol rioter, after a former combined martial artist filmed punching a police officer throughout violence was sentenced final week to 41 months in prison.
Chansley’s attorneys have requested the decide for a sentence of time served for their consumer, who has been detained since his January arrest. He appeared in courtroom in a darkish inexperienced prison jumpsuit, with a beard and shaved head.
Whereas in detention, Chansley was identified by prison officers with transient schizophrenia, bipolar dysfunction, despair and anxiousness. When he entered his responsible plea, Chansley mentioned he was upset Trump had not pardoned him.
Trump was impeached by the Home of Representatives and acquitted by the Senate on a cost of inciting the Jan. 6 riot for a fiery speech that preceded it in which he instructed his followers to “fight like hell.”
Four individuals died in the violence. A Capitol Police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the day after the riot and four law enforcement officials who took half in the protection of the Capitol later took their very own lives. About 140 law enforcement officials have been injured.
Protection lawyer Albert Watkins mentioned the U.S. Navy in 2006 had discovered Chansley suffered from character dysfunction however nonetheless declared him “fit for duty.”
“We are optimistic. We are looking forward to a good day,” Watkins mentioned as he walked into the courthouse.
Reporting By Mark Hosenball; Enhancing by Dan Grebler and Steve Orlofsky
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