Jacob Chansley, known as the infamous “QAnon Shaman,” has reportedly been released after 27 months in prison. He was sentenced to a 41-month term for his role in the January 6th riot.
Chansley had pleaded guilty to civil disorder and violent entry to the Capitol in September 2021.
In a statement to the Daily Mail, Chansley’s lawyer, Albert Watkins, said he “applaud(s) the decision of the US Bureau of Prison in this regard.”
“It is appropriate this gentle and intelligent young man be permitted to move forward with the next stage of what undoubtedly will be a law-abiding and enriching life,” the statement reads.
Chansley has been moved to a halfway house.
The early release appears to be part of typical federal prison protocol, with inmates able to earn a 15 percent reduction in their sentence for good behavior, along with the possibility of serving the final 12 months in a halfway house.
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson released portions of the January 6th surveillance footage at the Capitol just weeks ago.
Several video clips provided dramatic revelations previously concealed by the select committee “investigating” the riot.
One example of that was what Chansley did that day.
The “QAnon Shaman,” who had become the face of the so-called insurrection, was seen doing little more than walking around the Capitol with a police escort in tow throughout his visit.
“The footage does not show an insurrection or a riot in progress,” Carlson told viewers. “Instead, it shows police escorting protesters through the building, including the now infamous ‘QAnon Shaman.'”
The Fox News host showed video clips that reveal Capitol police officers were so ‘distraught’ over Chansley’s actions that they were trying to open locked doors for him to continue his tour.
At one point in the videos, nine police officers can be seen in close proximity to Chansley, and not one of them moves to make an arrest.
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The punishment for the “QAnon Shaman” clearly did not fit the alleged crime. The videos that the select committee tried to keep hidden from view show that.
And though there seems to be no correlation between Tucker Carlson’s release of the hidden J6 footage and Chansley’s early release from prison, they may play a role in his future plans.
The attorney for dozens of January 6th defendants took to his Twitter feed to explain that the release was happening as he had predicted, though his client is pleasantly surprised.
“The Tucker revelations are significant but Jake can’t get the time back,” he lamented.
But what he can do is plan ahead.
“Understanding the schedule, we agreed to not rush our next step,” his attorney said. “Let’s get accurate info on the videos, evaluate our options, then make a plan.”
Chansley, he states, will determine whether or not to pursue legal action considering the new evidence “when it is the right time to do so.”
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I think there were over 1,000 arrests for the Fake D so called Insurrection. I don't think there were that many arrests for the 600 D engineered riots. Democrat and criminal are synonyms.
Finally... something in the news that makes sense!
File a million dollars lawsuit against PELOSI and other 12 that was sitting on committee board! Then file a million dollars lawsuit against DC jail and jailer!
Now, his record needs to be expunged. And someone owes him a ton of money.