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WASHINGTON – The Arizona man known as “QAnon Shaman” will serve 41 months in prison after storming the United States Capitol on January 6, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

In delivering the man’s conviction, Jacob Chansley, US District Judge Royce Lamberth said: “What you did was horrible, hampering the work of government. What you did was terrible. You have made yourself the embodiment of the riot.

Chansley, 34, stood out among rioters on January 6 by appearing topless with face paint, wearing a fur headdress with horns and wearing an American flag and megaphone.

Chansley spoke at length in court before his conviction.

“I admit to the world that I was wrong. I have no excuse. My behavior was indefensible,” he said.

But he insisted he was not a dangerous criminal, saying, “I am not a violent man or a white supremacist. I am truly repentant. He said he suffered from a personality disorder and was autistic.

Federal prosecutors had asked that Chansley, who pleaded guilty in September to a single count of obstructing due process, serve a 51-month sentence, followed by three years of supervised release. They also asked him to pay $ 2,000 in restitution.

Attorneys described Chansley as the “public face of the Capitol Riot” in a condemnation memo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Paschall told the hearing that in the months leading up to the attack, Chansley “posted vitriolic messages on social media, encouraging her thousands of followers to speak out against the attacks. corrupt politicians, to identify government traitors, to end their agenda, to stop the theft and end the deep state.

“It was a call to fight,” she said.

Defense attorney Albert Watkins said Chansley’s bizarre appearance and behavior on January 6 were indicators of mental health issues.

“He was not an organizer. He was not a planner. He was not violent. He was not destructive. He was not a thief, “he said.

Chansley was among the first crowd to enter the building, and once there he used a megaphone “to piss off the crowd and demand that lawmakers be brought out,” according to the condemnation memo.

In the Senate gallery, Chansley shouted obscenities and climbed the chamber dais, the note continued. There he photographed himself, refused to leave when the officers ordered him to do so, and left a note that read: “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming!”

Prosecutors added that Chansley, who promoted the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory, used social media to spread “false information and hate rhetoric” that ignited the riot.

In an email last week, Watkins said prosecutors’ recommendation was “willfully delusional” and “shameful.” He described Chansley as a “sweet young man with no criminal history and with longstanding vulnerabilities in mental health.”

Watkins said after the conviction that Chansley “absolutely accepts to be held responsible”. He said former President Donald Trump “is no longer important to him” and is instead focusing on his sanity.

In January, Chansley asked Trump to forgive him, saying he accepted the president’s invitation to visit Capitol Hill. After Trump left, Chansley announced his disappointment and volunteered to testify against him in the Senate impeachment trial.

In addition to the jail term, Lamberth ordered Chansley to pay $ 2,000 in restitution. He must also serve three years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence.

Chansley is one of more than 650 people to be charged in the January 6 riot; 132 people pleaded guilty, most of them to misdemeanors.

Pete Williams reported from Washington, Tim Stelloh from California and Marlene Lenthang from New York.