Jacob Chansley aka the shirtless, behorned Q-Anon insurrectionist – whom federal prosecutors called “the public face of the Capitol riot,” – was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison on Wednesday, one of the longest sentences handed down so far in connection with the events of Jan. 6.
“If the defendant had been peaceful on that day, your honor, we would not be here,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Paschall said Wednesday.
“‘Times up, motherfuckers’ is not peaceful, your honor,” Paschall said, referencing what Chansley yelled in the Senate chamber. “That’s chilling.” She noted the letter Chansley left on Vice President Mike Pence’s desk ― which said, “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming.” ― was “not peaceful.” She called the note “a threat.”
“None of what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, was peaceful,” Paschall said, adding Chansley engaged in “obstructionist activities” that day. She asked the court to send a message to the “flag-bearer” of Jan. 6 and any other people, regardless of their political beliefs, that there are consequences for trying to obstruct American democracy.
When given a chance to speak, Chansley launched into a wide-ranging, often rambling speech, in which he talked about his feelings of remorse.
‘I admit to the world, I was wrong. I have no excuses. My behavior was indefensible,’ he said.
He insisted, howver, that he is not a violent man, a domestic terrorist or a ‘white supremacist.’
During his 30-minute-long monologue, Chansley quoted Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Jesus, Ghandi, 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.
Good to know. Good to know.
You might recall, earlier this year, when he was remanded into police custody, Chansley went on a hunger strike. His religion, he said, forced him to eat only organic fruits and vegetables, which was not made available to him in jail.
No word on if he’ll get them during his upcoming incarceration.
41 months in prison for the QAnon Shaman.— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) November 17, 2021
Sorry about your organic dietary needs, bro.
"Is my gruel vegan?"— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) November 17, 2021
– QAnon Shaman, in prison. pic.twitter.com/tUfRPKR0Dj
Good morning and a happy day to everyone who thinks the QAnon shaman should eat the same food as the general population in prison☀️☀️☀️— Y'all hurry up🏳️🌈🇺🇲 (@catfishyak) November 10, 2021