Jacob Anthony Chansley, aka the “QAnon Shaman,” will reportedly plead guilty to charges related to his participation in the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6. He also doesn’t want to be called the “QAnon Shaman” anymore.
Chansley’s attorney, Albert Watkins, declined to offer details of the deal, but thanked both the judge and prosecutors for agreeing to “a collaborative effort” to address Chansley’s mental health issues.
“QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley, face of pro-Trump Capitol riot, to plead guilty https://t.co/AQ5wPbNC1k
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 2, 2021
From the Washington Post:
“This man is iconically and forever linked as the face of January 6th. He is to January 6th what the swoosh is to Nike, whether he likes it or not, and that is a difficult, iconic, visual tagline to overcome,” Watkins said Thursday in a telephone interview.
Chansley, who has said he was a QAnon adherent, “has repudiated the ‘Q’ previously assigned to him” and requested to no longer be identified with the letter, Watkins added in a statement.
Watkins called for “patience and compassion” for those who, like Chansley, “were nonviolent, peaceful and possessed of genuine mental health issues, which rendered them more vulnerable to the propaganda of the day,” but who seek to be accountable for their actions.
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In social media posts prior to the riot, Chansley called for “identifying and then hanging those he believes to be traitors within the United States government.”
Detained since his arrest on January 9, Chansley previously made headlines requesting an organic diet while in jail to align with his obscure religious “beliefs.”
He initially pleaded not guilty to a six-count indictment charging him with felony counts of rioting and obstructing an official proceeding of Congress. Those charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison. He also faces misdemeanor charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.
GUILTY PLEA: One of the most recognizable Capitol rioters is expected to plead guilty tomorrow. Jacob Chansley, known as the QAnon Shaman, faces six charges, including civil disorder. pic.twitter.com/bqFBr1yuwg
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 2, 2021
NEW: The “QAnon Shaman” has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors, and his lawyer says he doesn’t want to be known as the “QAnon Shaman” anymore. https://t.co/Wg9H1Oip1K
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) September 2, 2021
— Reuters U.S. News (@ReutersUS) September 2, 2021