Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors
The suspect in the Capitol riot, known as the “QAnon Shaman,” has reached an agreement with prosecutors and is due to appear in court on Friday.
Jacob Anthony Chansley, 33, will appear via video link in federal court in Washington, DC Friday at 11 a.m. for a hearing on a plea deal, according to court documents.
The terms of the plea agreement were not immediately available. Chansley, who was arrested at his Phoenix home in January, faced six charges in the case and a possible sentence of up to 28 years.
Chansley, who became the face of the Capitol riots because of his bizarre attire, was a public supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory that casts Donald Trump as a savior and elite Democrats as a cabal of Satanist pedophiles and cannibals.
In a statement to DailyMail.com on Thursday, Chansley’s attorney Albert Watkins urged his client to now reject the QAnon theory and called for the word to be dropped from his infamous name.
‘Mr. Chansley, a long-recognized and practicing shaman, has rejected the ‘Q’ previously assigned to him and is requesting future references to him without the use of the letter ‘Q,’ Watkins said.
Watkins confirmed a plea deal has been signed, but declined to reveal details of the deal. He insisted that his client is nonviolent and struggling with mental health issues, asking for ‘patience and compassion’
Chansley, who became the face of the Capitol riots through his bizarre attire, is now rejecting the QAnon conspiracy theory, his lawyer said.
Chansley faces years in prison if found guilty, and has now reached a plea deal with prosecutors. He is due to appear in court on Friday for a hearing on the plea deal
Chansley’s attorney Albert Watkins (above) confirmed a plea deal has been reached, but declined to reveal details of the deal. He insisted that his client is nonviolent and struggling with mental health issues, asking for ‘patience and compassion’
“The path Mr Chansley has charted since Jan. 6 has been a process that has involved pain, depression, solitary confinement, introspection, acknowledging mental health vulnerabilities and understanding the need for more self-work,” said Watkins.
“It is imperative that those who, like Mr. Chansley, were nonviolent, peaceful and possessed with real mental health problems, are given patience and compassion, making them more vulnerable to today’s propaganda, but who, at the end of the day, are trying to hold them accountable.” for their actions,” added the attorney, who is based in St. Louis.
Watkins said in July that Chansley was considering a plea deal after Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) officials diagnosed him with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.
Watkins said his client has expressed some delusions, including “believing that he was indeed directly related to Jesus and Buddha.”
Watkins says the BOP’s findings, which have not yet been made public, indicate that Chansley’s mental condition has deteriorated as a result of the stress of solitary confinement in a prison in Alexandria, Virginia.
“As he spent more time in solitary confinement … the decrease in his sharpness was noticeable, even to an untrained eye,” Watkins explained.
“What we did is we took an unarmed, harmless, peaceful man … with a pre-existing mental frailty of significance, and we made him a mess of chocolate soup,” Watkins said.
Chansley shot to worldwide disgrace when he stormed the Capitol wearing face paint, a fur hat and a Star-Spangled spear
Prosecutors said Chansley entered the Capitol with an American flag attached to a wooden pole topped with a spear, disobeyed an officer’s orders to leave, entered the Senate Chamber and wrote a threatening letter to then-Vice President Mike Pence
The 2017 BOP was criticized by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice for using special housing units to incarcerate inmates with mental illness, and the BOP agreed to set limits on how long inmates can spend in restrictive housing. and to make sure they have meaningful human contact.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the BOP to ramp up the use of solitary housing units as a way to quarantine inmates to contain the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, Watkins says Chansley’s 2006 mental health records from his time in the U.S. Navy show a similar diagnosis to the BOPs.
A spokesman for the US Attorney’s office declined to comment on the matter.
Meanwhile, Watkins didn’t say what specific charges Chansley was considering pleading guilty to, but defendants negotiating plea deals typically try to bring less serious charges to reduce their possible jail terms.
Watkins said authorities need to determine how Chansley can access the treatment he needs to “actively participate in his own defence.” Pleading guilty to charges denies the need for a trial, but defendants must still be declared mentally competent to do so.
Watkins said his client’s evaluation by the BOP did not state that Chansley was mentally incompetent, and he does not expect Chansley to be ordered to undergo so-called competence restoration treatment.
Watkins, a colorful and outspoken attorney, previously released a video saying his client can be seen seeing a rioter steal a muffin from the U.S. Capitol on January 6, as well as a bizarre high school essay describing his goals as a spiritual ‘master’.
Attached as an exhibit to a defense motion is an essay Chansley wrote in high school in which he stated that his career choice was to be “a Christ, a Buddha, or a Mohammed.”
Watkins’ defense motion includes a link to a YouTube video titled “Jake Stops Muffin Stealing,” in which Chansley appears to be dressed in his signature fur-and-horn headpiece and “Hey, hey hey!” at a rioter entering a break room in the Capitol.
The court documents describe the video in which Chansley “thwarts a crime (theft) by yelling at another person in the Capitol who attempted to steal a ‘muffin’ from a Capitol cafeteria.”
“It demonstrates and reinforces my client’s longstanding status as a peaceful, non-violent person who tried to thwart a theft and the need for those in the Capitol to respect law enforcement,” Watkins said of the new video in a statement. statement to DailyMail.com.
Chansley and his bulldog lawyer Watkins have previously referred to the muffin robbery intervention in interviews, but the new video is the first footage of the incident to be made public.
“I’ve also stopped people from stealing and destroying that sacred space, the Senate. Okay? I even stopped someone from stealing muffins from the cafeteria,” Chansley told 60 Minutes from Behind Bars in March.
“And I prayed in that sacred room too. Because my intention was to bring divinity, and to bring God back into the Senate.”