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Judge sentences U.S. Capitol rioter 'QAnon Shaman' to over three years in prison
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Mark Hosenball
Publishing date:Nov 17, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, of Arizona, stands with other supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump as they demonstrate on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defences, in Washington, January 6, 2021.
Jacob Chansley, also known as Jake Angeli, of Arizona, stands with other supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump as they demonstrate on the second floor of the U.S. Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defences, in Washington, January 6, 2021. PHOTO BY MIKE THEILER /REUTERS
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WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the U.S. Capitol rioter known as the “QAnon Shaman” for his horned headdress to 41 months in prison for his role in the deadly Jan. 6 attack by followers of then-President Donald Trump.

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Prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to impose a longer 51-month sentence on Jacob Chansley, who pleaded guilty in September to obstructing an official proceeding when he and thousands of others stormed the building to try to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election.


The sentence matches one Lamberth imposed on a former mixed martial artist filmed punching a police officer during violence, who was sentenced last week to 41 months in prison. The two are the stiffest sentences handed down in any of the roughly 675 riot prosecutions.

Lamberth said he believed Chansley, 34, had done a lot to convince the court he is “on the right track.”

Chansley’s attorney asked the judge for a sentence of time served for his client, who has been detained since his January arrest. Chansley appeared in court in a dark green prison jumpsuit, with a beard and shaved head.

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“The hardest part of this is that I know I am to blame,” Chansley said in a lengthy statement before he was sentenced, describing a difficult childhood and saying he had taken responsibility for his behavior.

“I thought I was going to get 20 years solitary confinement,” he said, adding: “This trauma has done something to me … I have the white hairs to prove it … on my chest … on my arms… I should not have white hairs your honor.”

While in detention, Chansley was diagnosed by prison officials with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. When he entered his guilty plea, Chansley said he was disappointed Trump had not pardoned him.

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives and acquitted by the Senate on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 riot for a fiery speech that preceded it in which he told his followers to “fight like hell.”

Four people died in the violence. A Capitol Police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the day after the riot and four police officers who took part in the defense of the Capitol later took their own lives. About 140 police officers were injured.

Most of the guilty pleas in Jan. 6 prosecutions so far have been in cases involving non-violent misdemeanors, but government lawyers are seeking prison sentences for some defendants facing more serious felony charges.
 

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Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to obstructing congressional probe
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Sarah N. Lynch
Publishing date:Nov 17, 2021 • 11 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Steve Bannon, talk show host and former White House adviser to former President Donald Trump, arrives at the FBI's Washington field office to turn himself in to federal authorities, in Washington, D.C., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.
Steve Bannon, talk show host and former White House adviser to former President Donald Trump, arrives at the FBI's Washington field office to turn himself in to federal authorities, in Washington, D.C., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. PHOTO BY KEVIN LAMARQUE /REUTERS
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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Steve Bannon on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that he defied a congressional subpoena from a U.S. House panel investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, according to court documents.

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Bannon, who made his initial appearance in federal court on Monday, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress.


Bannon has vowed to fight the congressional subpoena, telling reporters outside the courthouse on Monday that he believes the prosecution is a politically motivated attack against him by President Joe Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

He was due to be arraigned in court on Thursday, but agreed to waive his right to a formal reading of the indictment, according to court documents filed on Wednesday.

He is still expected to take part on Thursday in a virtual status conference hearing on the case before U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols.

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The U.S. House of Representatives, led by the Democrats, voted on Oct. 21 to hold Bannon in contempt, leaving it up to the Justice Department, headed by Garland, to decide on any charges.


A Republican, Trump has sought to stonewall the House committee and directed his associates not to cooperate, claiming that a former president has a right to keep the requested material confidential under a legal doctrine called executive privilege.

Bannon, a prominent figure in right-wing media circles, was an architect of Trump’s 2016 presidential victory and served as White House chief strategist in 2017.

He faces one contempt count for refusing to appear for a deposition before the House Select Committee and a second for refusing to produce documents.

Contempt of Congress is a misdemeanour punishable by up to one year in prison along with a fine of up to $100,000.

In a fiery speech before the riot, Trump told followers to “fight like hell.” Four people died in the riot. A Capitol Police officer attacked by protesters died a day later and four officers later took their own lives. About 140 officers were injured.