Jacob Chansley a prominent supporter of the QAnon group, has bagged 41 months prison sentence over his involvement in January 6 2020 US Capitol riot.
Chansley, a strong supporters of then president Donald Trump’s government was sentenced for trying to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election.
His sentence is considered to be among the longest so far given in connection to the riots
He had earlier pleaded guilty to one felony count of obstruction in an official proceeding.
In addition to his prison sentence, Chansley was sentenced to 36 months of supervised release and must pay $100 (£74) in restitution.
Chansley 34-year-old became one of the most recognisable figures from the siege after being pictured wearing horns and a bearskin headdress, with a US flag painted on his face. He referred to himself as “the QAnon Shaman”.
Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory believe that former President Donald Trump was waging a secret war against a cabal of Satan-worshipping paedophiles in government, business and the media.
Chansley told the FBI that he came to DC in January “at the request of the president” that all “patriots” come to the city.
While speaking in court on Wednesday, Chansley said he wants to “evolve” and was “wrong for entering the Capitol”. “I have no excuse,” he said.
He added that he has been asking himself “what would Jesus do?” and likened himself to Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, saying: “What if we all judge Gandhi based on that he beat his wife before his spiritual awakening?”
He has been in custody for nearly 11 months since he was arrested just days after the riot.
Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 51 months in prison, arguing that, “His consistent rhetoric before and after the event, and his apparent ability to carry out his intentions of violently removing the ‘traitors’ in our government, is clear from the evidence in this case.”
On January 6, 2021, a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump attacked the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. They sought to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election by disrupting the joint session of Congress assembled to count electoral votes that would formalise Joe Biden’s victory.