- “Cuneon Showman” Jacob Chansley, one of the most infamous figures of the January 6 Capitol riots, is to be sentenced for his role in an invasion of the Hall of Congress by a crowd of Trump supporters.
- Chansley, who has been held off without bail since his arrest in January, pleaded guilty in September to a single criminal charge of obstructing congressional proceedings.
- When he walked into the Capitol complex with thousands of others, Chancellor was shirtless, wearing a javelin, face paint and a fur hat with horns, marking the confirmation by a joint session of Congress of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. interrupted.
“Cuneon magician” Jacob Chansley, one of the most infamous figures of the January 6 Capitol riots, is to be sentenced on Wednesday for his role in an invasion of the Hall of Congress by a crowd of Trump supporters.
Chansley, a 34-year-old Phoenix, Arizona, resident who has been held without bail since his arrest in January, pleaded guilty in September to a single felony count of obstructing congressional proceedings.
Prosecutors are seeking a prison term of four years and three months for the US Navy veteran, which is the top end of the 41-month-to-51-month range suggested by federal sentencing guidelines.
A prosecutor said such a punishment would warn others who want to interfere with the peaceful transfer of the presidential office in the future.
During Chancellor’s sentencing hearings in Washington, D.C., federal court, a prosecutor played a video of Chancellor living inside Congress.
“It’s time, you mother—-!” Chansley shouted.
“Your honor, this is chilling,” the prosecutor said.
Chancellor’s attorney asked for a sentence below the guidelines, citing the defendant’s “sincere remorse for his conduct” and mental illness that has plagued him for years.
Chansley cited lessons from Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas before his sentencing.
“I was wrong to enter the Capitol. I have no excuse. There is no excuse,” Chansley said. “I’m really, really, really remorseful for my actions.”
But he said he was not a violent person, not a “domestic terrorist” at all, as he had admitted his guilt.
He said, “I broke the law, and if I believe in freedom, and if I believe in law and order, and I believe in responsibility, then I must do what Gandhi would do and take responsibility.”
“I hope you will see my heart and my desire to live the life of Christ or Gandhi,” Chansley told Judge Royce Lamberth.
Last week, another rioter, former New Jersey gym owner Scott Fairlamb, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for assaulting a police officer, the longest term to that date on January 6.
Chansley was the first Capitol riot defendant to be indicted. Since then, more than 600 others have been criminally charged in connection with the rebellion.
The tattooed Chancellor was shirtless, wearing a spear, face paint, and a fur hat with horns when he walked into the Capitol complex along with thousands of others. Crowds disrupt a joint session of Congress as lawmakers confirm President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
Then-President Donald Trump urged Republican lawmakers to vote against the confirmation of Biden’s victory, and called on his supporters to march to the Capitol to promote that effort.
Photos and videos of Chansley in his bizarre guise went viral on the day of the riots, and were widely published in the weeks that followed.
“He made himself the image of Riot, didn’t he?” Judge Royce Lamberth asked Chancellor Albert Watkins on Wednesday.
Watkins agreed that Chancellor did it.
Chansley was one of several rioters who entered the Senate chamber where then-Vice President Mike Pence was presiding over the proceedings minutes earlier.
Prosecutors said Chancele sat in Pence’s seat on the stage. He said he refused orders to leave by a police officer, instead “calling other rioters to the stage and leading them into a chant on their bullhorns.”
Chancellor left a note on stage that said, “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming,” and called Pence a “f—ing traitor.”
Chansley was a follower of the bogus QAnon conspiracy theory.
Watkins argued Wednesday that his client was neither the planner nor the organizer of the riot.
Reuters reported in July that Chansley, Also known as Jacob Angeli, prison psychologists had talks with prosecutors after diagnosing him as suffering from mental illnesses including transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.
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