The bare-chested man pictured with his face painted, wearing a horned helmet and howling in the Senate chamber during the insurrection onis expected to plead guilty Friday in federal court to charges stemming from his participation at the riot, according to a court filing.
Jacob Chansley, aka the “QAnon Shaman,” was charged with a six-count indictment that includes civil disorder, violent entry and disorderly conduct, as well as a felony count for obstruction of an official proceeding, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. The details of Chansley’s plea agreement with the government, including which specific charges he is pleading guilty to, have not yet been made public.
Says his lawyer:
In a statement, Chansley’s attorney, Albert Watkins, said his client no longer wants to be associated with the conspiracy theory QAnon: “Mr. Chansley, a long avowed and practicing Shaman, has repudiated the ‘Q’ previously assigned to him and requests future references to him be devoid of use of the letter ‘Q’.”
“He may be an unstable and guilty insurrectionist nutcase, but he’s not THAT nuts,” Watkins did not say. “I mean, that’s Marjorie Taylor Greene territory, come-on!”