‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley Strikes Plea Deal in Capitol Riot

  • “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley is set to plead guilty in connection with his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.
  • The judge overseeing his case has scheduled a plea hearing for Friday.
  • Chansley stormed the US Capitol, where he appeared to leave a threatening note for then-Vice President Mike Pence.

Jacob Chansley, the so-called “QAnon Shaman” who stormed the US Capitol as part of the January 6 insurrection, has struck a plea agreement with prosecutors.

On Thursday, the judge overseeing Chansley’s case scheduled a Friday hearing on the plea agreement. Federal prosecutors in Washington, DC, brought six charges against Chansley for his role in the riot; it’s not clear if he will plead guilty to all of them. 

Chansley’s attorney didn’t immediately respond Thursday to Insider’s request for comment.

Chansley — with his Viking-style helmet, face paint, and fur pelt outfit — immediately became one of the most recognizable figures in the attack on the Capitol, where supporters of then-President Donald Trump sought to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

In charging documents citing security and social media footage, prosecutors said Chansley was one of the first protesters to enter the Capitol building. He also stood by the dais where then-Vice President Mike Pence had stood moments earlier, left a note that said, “it’s only a matter of time, justice is coming,” and later told FBI agents that Pence was “a child-trafficking traitor,” according to prosecutors.

The conspiracy theorist was among the first accused Capitol rioters to be arrested, in January near his home in Arizona. He has been held in DC-area jails as his attorney, Albert Watkins, who represents several other Capitol riot defendants, has fought for his release.

Watkins has failed repeatedly to get Chansley out of jail following his arrest. Chansley was moved to a different DC-area jail after complaining that he didn’t get organic food in accordance with his religious beliefs. But US District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth declined three separate requests to release Chansley altogether.

In a March interview with “60 Minutes+” from jail, Chansley downplayed his role in the insurrection, saying it was “not an attack” on the US. He also said he was disappointed Trump left office without pardoning him.

“It disappointed me so greatly that I and others did not get a pardon,” Chansley said.

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