QAnon Shaman: Jacob Chansley jailed for more than three years in strongest Jan 6 riot sentence yet

The “QAnon Shaman” has been handed the most severe sentence yet among rioters charged with storming the US Capitol on 6 January.

Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansley was sentenced to 41 months – or almost three and a half years – with 36 months supervised release and $100 restitution.

It is 10 months less than the 51 months prosecutors sought in the case. Having already served about 11 months in prison, Mr Chansley could be released in early 2024 as the next presidential election gets into full swing.

The sentence came after Mr Chansley delivered a rambling 30-minute speech comparing himself to Jesus and Mahatma Gandhi and slamming the media for “controversializing” him.

US District Judge Royce C Lamberth praised the address as something Martin Luther King may have said, adding that Mr Chansley would get credit for the time already served, said to be 317 days.

Defence attorney Albert Watkins said after the hearing that Mr Chansley is respectful of the court and would not plan to appeal the 41-month sentence.

“He is absolutely embracing being held accountable,” Mr Watkins said. “He is a man of discipline, he gets it, he understands what he was looking at, he understood the risks associated with trial,” he added.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

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