Jacob Chansley, the QAnon supporter who stormed the Capitol shirtless in a horned bearskin headdress, was sentenced Wednesday by US District Judge Royce Lamberth to 41 months in prison for obstructing the vote. from the Electoral College on January 6.
He was also sentenced to 36 months of supervised release.
The Justice Department had called for Chansley to receive a harsh sentence as a way to set an example among the January 6 rioters, and prosecutors had positioned Chansley as an emblem of a barbarian mob.
At one point during the sentencing hearing, Lamberth asked some questions about whether Chansley had left Pence a note and whether he knew of other threats to Pence’s life coming from the crowd, and about his decisions that day.
“He became the face of the riots, didn’t he?” He told Chansley’s defense attorney. “For better or for worse, he became the very image of this entire event.”
A Justice Department prosecutor used multiple videos to show Chansley’s entrance to the Capitol building and the Senate chamber, screaming along with the crowd. “That is not peaceful,” said prosecutor Kimberly Paschall.