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QAnon Shaman sentenced to 41 months in jail for role in Capitol riot

Jacob Chansley was sentenced by a federal court for his role in the Capitol assault last January 6th 2021.

EFE - Jacob Chansley, the man who participated in the assault on the United States Capitol disguised as a bison, was sentenced on Wednesday to 41 months in prison - three years and five months - in a federal court in the country.

"What you did was terrible," said Judge Royce Lamberth, of a federal court in the District of Columbia, during the hearing to read the sentence.

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Despite believing that the remorse expressed by Chansley is genuine, Lamberth stressed that the crime committed by the one known in the US as the "shaman of QAnon" is so "serious" that it does not justify a lesser sentence.

At the hearing, Chansley told the judge that he made a mistake entering the Capitol. "I have no excuses," said this man, adding that his behavior that day is "indefensible."

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In September, Chansley, born in Arizona, pleaded guilty to a charge of obstructing official proceedings during a session of Congress on January 6, when the Capitol riot took place.

Through this guilty plea, which was part of an agreement with the Prosecutor's Office, Chansley accepted a recommended sentence of between 41 and 51 months in prison, although the time he has been in jail since January 9 will be deducted.

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Chansley, an adept at the conspiracy theories of the QAnon movement, became the most mediatic assailant of the Capitol since he did it disguised as a bison and got to sit in the chair of the president of the Senate.

He was arrested three days later and has remained behind bars since then, although media interest remained active for him after demanding that he be offered organic food in jail and refusing to eat for nine days until he was successful.

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The prosecution had requested a sentence for Chansley of 51 months in prison.

During the hearing on Wednesday, the prosecutor showed a video of the defendant shouting inside the headquarters of Congress and insulting the legislators.

The Justice Department contends that Chansley was one of the first 30 people to enter the Capitol and were later followed by hundreds.

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The mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) managed to interrupt for a few hours the joint session of both houses of Congress that was held that day to ratify the victory in the November 2020 elections of Democrat Joe Biden.

So far, more than 600 people have been indicted in federal court for the assault on the Capitol.

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The sentence against Chansley follows the one handed down last week by the same judge against a man who beat a police officer during the assault on the Capitol and who was also sentenced to 3 years and 5 months in prison.

These two are the highest penalties ordered so far against defendants for that event.

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