'QAnon Shaman' Jacob Chansley is sentenced to 41 months in prison

'QAnon Shaman' Jacob Chansley is sentenced to 41 months in prison

November 18, 2021

‘I have no excuses, it was indefensible’: Contrite ‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley is sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in Capitol riots – the joint longest sentence so far

  • Jacob Chansley, known as ‘QAnon Shaman’ for his horned headdress, sentenced to 41 months in federal prison 
  • Prosecutors asked to impose 51-month sentence on Chansley, while his defense lawyers asked the judge for a sentence of time served 
  • Chansley delivered a speech in which he quoted Jesus and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and expressed remorse for his actions 
  • Presiding judge told Chansley his remarks were ‘akin to the kind of thing Martin Luther King would have said’ 
  • Chansley pleaded guilty in September to obstructing an official proceeding 
  • Chansley will receive credit for 10 months served in jail  
  • Ex-MMA fighter Scott Fairlamb was sentenced last week to 41 months in prison for punching a police officer  

Ten months ago, the bare-chested US Capitol rioter nicknamed the ‘QAnon Shaman’ became the face of the January 6 attack when he thundered into the Senate chamber in his horned fur hat and brandishing a spear, but at his sentencing on Wednesday there was no sign of the ferocious insurrectionist. 

Instead, a humbled Jacob Chansley, 34, expressed remorse and spoke at length about his willingness to take responsibility for his actions – ‘like Gandhi’- before a federal judge sentenced him to 41 months in prison.     

Prosecutors had asked US District Judge Royce Lamberth to impose a longer 51-month sentence on Chansley, who pleaded guilty in September to obstructing an official proceeding when he and thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the building in an attempt to stop Congress from 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 violence, 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. 

When given a chance to speak, Chansley launched into a wide-ranging, often rambling speech, in which he talked about his feelings of guilt and remorse, reported CNN. 

‘I admit to the world, I was wrong. I have no excuses. My behavior was indefensible,’ he said.

Chansley, however, insisted that he is not a violent man, a domestic terrorist or a ‘white supremacist.’

As part of his impassioned 30-minute-long monologue, Chansley quoted Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Jesus, and the prison break film The Shawshank Redemption.  

‘The hardest part about this is to know that I’m to blame. To have to look in the mirror and know, you really messed up, royally,’ Chansley said.

He said he was wrong to break the law – a decision that landed him in solitary confinement.

‘I should do what Gandhi would do and take responsibility,’ Chansley added. ‘There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it, that’s what men of honor do.’ He promised to never have to be jailed again.

Lamberth was seemingly taken aback by the defendant’s remarks, which he said were ‘akin to the kind of thing Martin Luther King would have said.’

Capitol rioter Jacob Chansley, known as the ‘QAnon Shaman,’ was sentenced on Wednesday to 41 months in federal prison. Pictured inside the US Capitol armed with a spear

Chanlsley was one of thousands of Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol building on January 6 to stop the certification of President Joe Biden 

Lamberth said he believed Chansley, who made a lengthy speech before he was sentenced, had done a lot to convince the court he is ‘on the right track.’

Chansley’s defense lawyers petitioned for a sentence of time served, citing their client’s multiple mental health problems 

Chansley’s attorneys asked the judge for a sentence of time served for their client, who has been detained since his January arrest. He appeared in court in a dark green prison jumpsuit, with a beard and shaved head.

‘He made himself the image of the riot, didn’t he?’ Lamberth said to Chansley’s lawyers. ‘For good or bad, he made himself the very image of this whole event.’ 

Prosecutor Kimberly Paschall played in court several video clips showing a bare-chested Chansley in his horned fur hat and face paint barging into the Capitol and yelling on the US Senate floor. 

Chansley has acknowledged using a bullhorn to rile up the mob, offering thanks in a prayer while in the Senate for having the chance to get rid of traitors and scratching out a threatening note to Vice President Mike Pence saying, ‘It’s Only A Matter of Time. Justice Is Coming!’ 

Before his sentence was announced, Chansley described a difficult childhood and said he had taken responsibility for his behavior.

‘I thought I was going to get 20 years solitary confinement,’ he said, adding: ‘This trauma has done something to me … I have the white hairs to prove it … on my chest … on my arms… I should not have white hairs your honor.’ 

The judge said what Chansley had done on January 6 was so ‘horrific’ nd ‘terrible’ that he could not go below the federal sentencing guidelines.   

The judge presiding over Chansley’s hearing said that his conduct inside the Capitol was so ‘horrific’ that he could not impose a lighter sentence on him 

Protestors storm inside the US Capitol, Washington DC. January 6, 2021

While in detention, Chansley was diagnosed by prison officials with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. When he entered his guilty plea, Chansley said he was disappointed Trump had not pardoned him.

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives and acquitted by the Senate on a charge of inciting the January 6 riot for a fiery speech that preceded it in which he told his followers to ‘fight like hell.’

Four people died in the violence. A Capitol Police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the day after the riot and four police officers who took part in the defense of the Capitol later took their own lives. About 140 police officers were injured.

Defense lawyer Albert Watkins said the US Navy in 2006 had found Chansley suffered from personality disorder but nonetheless declared him ‘fit for duty.’

Chansley became the face of the failed insurrection when he appeared on the US Senate floor semi-nude, sporting body paint and a horned fur hat (pictured)

The image of Chansley holding a flagpole topped with a spear tip and looking as if he were howling was one of the most striking to emerge from the riot. 

He previously called himself the ‘QAnon Shaman’ but has since repudiated the QAnon movement, which is centered on the baseless belief that Trump was fighting a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child sex trafficking cannibals.

Chansley’s attorney, Albert Watkins, asked the judge for a sentence of time served, citing his client’s lack of criminal history and mental health issues 

He is among 650 people charged in the riot. More than 120 defendants have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanor charges of demonstrating in the Capitol that carry a maximum of six months in prison.

In the year before the Capitol riot, Chansley appeared in costume at pro-Trump events, protests over face mask requirements and at a gathering of Trump supporters in November 2020 outside an election office in downtown Phoenix where votes from the presidential race were being counted.

His attorney, Albert Watkins, has said Chansley was ‘horrendously smitten’ by Trump and believed like other rioters that Trump had called him to the Capitol, but later felt betrayed after Trump refused to grant him and others who participated in the insurrection a pardon.

Watkins has said Chansley had been under pressure from family members not to plead guilty because they believed Trump would be reinstated as president and pardon him.

After spending his first month in jail, Chansley said he reevaluated his life, felt regret for having stormed the building and apologized for causing fear in others.

He twice quit eating while in jail and lost 20 pounds until he was given organic food.

Prosecutors had recommended a 51-month sentence for Chansley as a deterrence to ‘future rioters’ 


Videos from January 6 showed Fairlamb punching an officer’s helmet and climbing a scaffolding while holding a baton and shouting: ‘What patriots do? We f***ing disarm them and then we storm the f***ing Capitol!’

Last week, ex-MMA fighter Scott Fairlamb wept in court as he begged for mercy before being sentenced to 41 months in prison for punching an officer during the Capitol riots.

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With ‘I truly regret my actions that day. I have nothing but remorse,’ he said, as he asked the judge for mercy.

A video from January 6 that was used in court showed Fairlamb, dressed in a camouflaged jacket, navy blue scarf and black beanie, yelling at an officer. When another cop approached Fairlamb from behind to seemingly get him to calm down, the former fighter shoved the man. 

Fairlamb, 44, of New Jersey was also the first person sentenced for assaulting a law enforcement officer during the January 6 Capitol riot.   

Judge Royce Lamberth’s decision was considered a ‘canary in the coal mine’ by prosecutors who said that Wednesday foreshadowed what more than 120 other defendants face for attacking police that day. 

Then, when the officer swatted Fairlamb’s pointing finger out of his face Fairlamb hit him back even harder.  

Fairlamb pleaded guilty to two counts – one for obstruction of an official proceeding and one for assaulting the police officer.

More than 650 people have been charged in connection with the riots.


Paul Hodgkins, 38, a Florida crane operator (left), was sentenced to 8 months in prison for walking onto the US Senate floor while carrying a red ‘Trump 2020’ flag. Troy Smocks (right), a black man from Dallas, was sentenced to 14 months in prison on after admitting he posted threatening social media messages online the day after the riot

The fall of the ‘QAnon Shaman’: Jacob Chansley, 33, went from math club member in high school to failed actor to getting kicked out of military for refusing a vaccine to living with his mom and embracing wacky conspiracies 

The ‘QAnon Shaman’ who was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for his role in the January 6 riots is a failed actor who lived with mother, wrote two books about his New Age spiritual beliefs, and was kicked out of the military for refusing an anthrax vaccine.

Jacob Chansley, the spear-carrying rioter whose horned fur hat, tattooed bare chest and face paint made him one of the more recognizable figures in the assault on the Capitol, was sentenced on Wednesday to 41 months in prison.

Chansley, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding, was among the first rioters to enter the building.

He has acknowledged using a bullhorn to rile up the mob, offering thanks in a prayer while in the Senate for having the chance to get rid of traitors and scratching out a threatening note to Vice President Mike Pence saying, ‘It’s Only A Matter of Time. Justice Is Coming!’

Though he isn’t accused of violence, prosecutors say Chansley, of Arizona, was the ‘public face of the Capitol riot’ who went into the attack with a weapon, ignored repeated police orders to leave the building and gloated about his actions in the days immediately after the attack.


Before he became the ‘QAnon Shaman,’ Chansley was a failed actor who lived with his mother in her Glendale, Arizona home

The image of Chansley holding a flagpole topped with a spear tip and looking as if he were howling was one of the most striking to emerge from the riot.

He previously called himself the ‘QAnon Shaman’ but has since repudiated the QAnon movement, which is centered on the baseless belief that former President Donald Trump was fighting a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child sex trafficking cannibals.

Days after the riot, he surrendered himself to the FBI in Phoenix.

Before images of Chansley inside the US Senate chamber made headline news worldwide, he was living with his 56-year-old mother, Martha, in her $199,000 home in Glendale, Arizona.

In January 2019, he was kicked out of his $900-a-month apartment for failing to keep up on his rent.

At the time, he owed $1,247 in back rent.

Neighbors told DailyMail.com that Chansley had no steady job and was often seen wandering the area in his horned shaman costume.


Chansley’s antics are a far cry from the life he had been hoping for when he graduated from Moon Valley High School in 2005 (pictured are his yearbook photos, Chansley was in the Debate and Math clubs). 

Yearbook photos obtained by DailyMail.com show a fresh-faced blond teenager seen smiling with his arms around younger half-brother Tyler, 30

A headshot was accompanied by the motto: ‘There is no greater gift than the gift of life so use it to its fullest’

Friends from school say he has changed dramatically over the 15 years since he left Moon Valley High. He is pictured in Math club

A profile on film industry site Backstage lists just one project – volunteering at a Theater Camp for disadvantaged children organized by local charity, Free Arts of Arizona, in 2018

One neighbor said Chansley was often seen dancing on the roof of his mother’s home. The neighbor said the ritual was ‘bizarre.’

Chansley would often show up at political protests in Arizona. In July, he filmed himself during a demonstration in which he proclaimed that COVID-19 was a hoax.

In September, he led a protest at Arrowhead Mall in Glendale, Arizona, where he rambled about child abusers and claimed that a spiral sign close to the bathrooms is actually ‘an FBI pedophile code’ while clutching a sign that read ‘Q sent me’.

He was also part of a rowdy crowd of Trump supporters chanting ‘Stop the Steal’ who showed up at a tabulation center in Maricopa County on November 5.

Chansley’s antics are a far cry from the life he had been hoping for when he graduated from Moon Valley High School in 2005.

Yearbook photos obtained by DailyMail.com show a fresh-faced blond teenager seen smiling with his arms around younger half-brother Tyler, 30.

A headshot was accompanied by the motto: ‘There is no greater gift than the gift of life so use it to its fullest.’

Along with Tyler, Chansley was also a member of the school debating team and was part of the Moon Valley High Math Club.

He enlisted out of Arizona as a supply clerk on September 26, 2005. He completed recruit training and Military Occupational Specialty school and was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk in March 2006. A file image of the USS Kitty Hawk and USS Constellation at sail in the Arabian Gulf in April 2003 above

He stayed there until September 29, 2007, when he was transferred to a Transient Personnel Unit in Puget Sound in Washington state (above)

But while Tyler also joined the ‘Rocket Town’ cultural diversity program – describing his experience of spending time with students of color as ‘like being with my family’ – Chansley did not.

Friends from school say he has changed dramatically over the 15 years since he left Moon Valley High.

Former classmate Chris Trubl, 30, of Peoria, Arizona, described his behavior on Wednesday as ‘crazy stuff’.

He said: ‘It’s been 15 years since he left school and he has changed a lot. I haven’t seen him for a few years and I didn’t recognize him when I saw him at the Capitol.

‘I only realized it was him when I saw posts from people at school on social media. He’s changed a lot. That was some crazy stuff he was doing there.’

After leaving school, Chansley’s first act was to change his name.

 Chansley has previously admitted his belief in QAnon after he started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet

In August 2005, he applied to replace his mother’s maiden name – Angeli – with his 63-year-old stepfather Glen’s last name.

In the application, he wrote: ‘I want my last name to be that of my stepfather, my dad. I was not legally adopted by my stepfather while a minor. Angeli is my mother’s last name.’

Chansley had a short-lived career in the Navy, where he enlisted out of Arizona as a supply clerk on September 26, 2005 before he was given the boot about two years later for refusing to take a vaccine, according to Task and Purpose. 

He completed recruit training and Military Occupational Specialty school and was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk in March 2006.

He stayed there until September 29, 2007, when he was transferred to a Transient Personnel Unit in Puget Sound in Washington state.

He was processed out of the Navy on October 11 that same year as a seaman’s apprentice, meaning he got out of the Navy as a boot E-2 after two years and 15 days of service, about 15 years before the Capitol protest.

Navy officials have declined to provide the characterization of his discharge.

The anthrax vaccine fights against a rare, but serious bacterial illness. The military was vaccinated against it because anthrax spores have been used as biological weapons.

According to Chansley’s military record notes he received the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon but no personal awards.

Now 33, Chansley uses both names but prefers to use Angeli to tout for work – unsuccessfully – as an actor.

A profile on film industry site Backstage lists just one project – volunteering at a Theater Camp for disadvantaged children organized by local charity, Free Arts of Arizona, in 2018.


Chansley has been living with his mother Martha, 56, (left and right) since January 2019 

Photos accompanying the listing show a tattooed and bearded Chansley flexing his muscles in a flag-print shirt and bandana, while another shows him dressed in his infamous shaman outfit with a blacked up face.

Under education, he writes that he attended the school of ‘hard knocks’ and describes himself as a ‘Voice Over and Acting Master’.

Writing about his career, he says: ‘I am a highly talented actor, voiceover artist and singer. I am capable of performing over 30 different voices and numerous different accents.

‘I am also very skilled at embodying characters and expressing emotions in a way that causes people to become captivated and entranced.

‘My ability to memorize lines is only rivaled by my ability to perform improv and make it appear if my lines were memorized.

‘I am always increasing my abilities and honing my techniques to be the best of the best at what I do.’


Chansley has also written two books. One of them is titled Will & Power: Inside the Living Library, though he wrote it under the pen name ‘Loan Wolf.’ Using the name Jacob Angeli, he also wrote One Mind at a Time: A Deep State of Illusion.

Chansley’s main occupation now appears to be protest and he has become a fixture at anti-lockdown rallies in Arizona over the past year.

At one, in July 2020, he was filmed himself screaming that the Covid-19 second wave is ‘bulls**t’, adding ‘COVID-1984 is a globalist propaganda hoax’ – a reference to the George Orwell novel.

His Twitter feed is dominated by conspiracy videos and, more recently, details of his plans to attend the MAGA march in DC.

One, posted January 5, defends Proud Boys boss Enrique Tarrio who was banned from DC the day before the Capitol riot. 

Chansley has also written two books. One of them is titled Will & Power: Inside the Living Library, though he wrote it under the pen name ‘Loan Wolf.’

Using the name Jacob Angeli, he also wrote One Mind at a Time: A Deep State of Illusion.          

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