QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley Request To Have Guilty Plead In January 6 Trial Reversed Is Denied

QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley, who once gave a profuse apology while pleading guilty to participating in the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021, asked the court to reverse his plea.

On Friday, the judge in the case denied his motion.

Chansley began issuing apologies for his actions just a month after the insurrection. In February 2021, he released a statement from jail.

“I deeply regret and am very sorry I entered into the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. I should not have been there. Period. I was wrong. Period,” wrote Chansley.


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The judge found Chansely’s remarks to be incredibly moving, and sentenced him to 41 months in prison, as opposed to the 20-year maximum that he was originally facing.

Chansley was released early, serving only 27 months of his 41-month sentence. In March, he was transferred to a “community confinement” overseen by the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Phoenix Residential Reentry Management Office. He was released from confinement in May.

Now, the QAnon leader is regretting his decision to plead guilty and is hoping to see the decision overturned.

“Regrets only weigh down the mind,” Chansely said during a BBC interview. “They’re like sandbags on a hot air balloon.”

In order to carry out his wishes, Chansley would have to convince a judge that he was ineffectively represented by his attorney, Albert Watkins. During the trial, Watkins argued that Chansley had been deceived by former President Donald Trump and suffered from various mental illnesses.

“I never said I was duped by Trump,” Chansley told the BBC. “I never denounced Q or the QAnon community… and I am not schizophrenic, bipolar, depressed or delusional.”

Ava Lombardi

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