‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley will strike deal with feds over Capitol riot

Jacob Chansley, right with fur hat, are confronted by Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.


The “QAnon Shaman” — who notoriously stormed the US Capitol building wearing a  horned headdress made of coyote skin and carrying a spear — will cut a deal with the feds, his lawyer told The Post Thursday. 

Jacob Chansley, 33, of Phoenix will plead guilty Friday to some “but certainly not all” of the six charges he faces after the Jan. 6 riot in a deal that appears to involve his psychological state, according to his lawyer Al Watkins. 

“It has been a long road educating the court about mental health vulnerabilities,” Watkins said. “As a result of a lot of shifting dialog, we have been able to collaborate with the government.”:

He added, “They could not label all of those at the capitol as insurrectionists.”  

Chansley — who quickly became the poster boy for all things bonkers about the conspiracy-theory-fueled Capitol breach — was ordered by a judge in May to undergo a psychological evaluation, and has said he believes he’s “directly related to Jesus and Buddha,” according to Watkins.

Jacob Chansley, right with fur hat, is confronted by Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Jacob Chansley
Jacob Chansley
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Chansley was busted three days after the riot on charges including civil disorder, disorderly conduct in a restricted building, obstruction of an official proceeding. He had previously faced up to 28 years behind bars. 

Watkins declined to reveal other details of the plea deal including how much, if any, jail time Chansley will get. The details will be announced at a press conference after a court hearing Friday.

Chansley was one of the first people to breach the US Capitol and the Senate chamber and was photographed sporting American flag face paint with the furry outfit next to a group of former President Donald Trump-boosting rioters.

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Watkins previously told The Daily Beast that Chansley has since “gone through a period of introspection” and realized that he made himself “open to the propaganda from the former president,” according to the outlet, which was first to report the plea deal.

Jacob Chansley, center, stands by the door to the Senate chambers on Jan. 6, 2021.
Jacob Chansley, center, stands by the door to the Senate Chamber on Jan. 6, 2021.

“He has come to grasp the fact that the former president really didn’t love him and that all the bulls–t about Trump’s army and all the social media-driven conspiracy theories led to a lot of the vulnerability,” he said.


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