QAnon bison pleads guilty to assault on US Capitol

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The man who stormed the US Capitol in January disguised as a bison pleaded guilty to one count Friday for obstructing official proceedings during a session of Congress.

Jacob Chansley, 34, of Arizona, pleaded guilty during a virtual hearing before a federal court in the District of Columbia (DC), where the US capital is located.

The guilty plea, which is part of an agreement with the Prosecutor's Office, was accepted by Judge Royce Lamberth. In addition, Chansley will pay $ 2.000 in compensation for damage to the legislative complex.

During the hearing, the man nicknamed in the US as the "shaman of QAnon" only answered with "yeses" and "noes" to the questions they asked him.

Under the agreement, Chansley accepted a recommended sentence of between 41 and 51 months in prison, but according to media outlets, his time in jail since January 9 would be deducted. The reading of his sentence was set for November 17.

Another defendant who pleaded guilty to the same charge received an 8-month prison sentence in July.

Hundreds of followers of former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) stormed the Capitol on January 6, in an event that left five dead, including a police officer.

The assault occurred during a joint session of the two houses of Congress to ratify the victory in the November elections of Joe Biden.

Chansley, an adept at the conspiracy theories of the Qanon movement, became the most mediatic assailant of the Capitol since he did it disguised as a bison and got to sit in the chair of the president of the Senate.

He was arrested three days after the assault, accused of entering a restricted building without authorization and with violence.

Since then he has remained behind bars awaiting trial, although his media interest remained active after demanding that he be offered organic food in jail and refusing to eat for nine days until he was successful.

Despite initially identifying himself as an adept of QAnon, his lawyer, Albert Watkins, said in a statement this Friday that he had "repudiated the Q" and asked that his client no longer be associated with that letter.

However, the lawyer admitted that his client will always be remembered as "the face of January 6."

"He is to January 6 what the Swoosh is to Nike," Watkins said, referring to the logo of the American sportswear brand.

More than 600 people have been indicted in federal court for the assault on the Capitol.

EFE

 

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