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  • Convicted

  • Ran for Office

Jacob ChansleyLast Updated: June 10, 2024


QAnon Shaman


Phoenix, Arizona

Insurrection Related Information

  • Present at Capitol on 1/6

Litigation Details

  • Arrested in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sentenced on Nov 17, 2021


  • Former Navy

Executive Summary

Jacob Chansley, the so-called QAnon Shaman, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in the US Capitol riot.

[Defendant] quite literally spearheaded the breach [into the Capitol.] USA V. Chansley, DC Court Docket Memorandum Opinion, pg 23, paragraph 1

Chansley stated he came as part of a group effort, with other “patriots” from Arizona, at the request of President Trump that all “patriots” come to D.C. on January 6, 2021.

Media coverage showed one of the rioters who entered the Capitol Building dressed in horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white, and blue face paint, shirtless, and tan pants. This individual carried a spear, approximately 6 feet in length, with an American flag tied just below the blade.

Defendant then approached (Capitol Police) Officer Robishaw and screamed at him that “this was their house” and “that they were there to take the Capitol, and to get Congressional Leaders

Defendant announced that he would sit in the Vice President’s chair because Vice President Pence is a “fucking traitor” …scrawled a note to Vice President Pence “ITS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME JUSTICE IS COMING!

In November 2020, Defendant made statements on Twitter promoting ‘identifying and then hanging’ those he believes to be traitors within the United States government

Defendant argues that ‘but for the action and words’ of former President Trump, he would have not entered the Capitol Building… claims he merely ‘heeded the invitation’ of President Trump.

Previously Ran for Office(s)

Ran for U.S. House of Representatives, Arizona District 8 in 2024. Withdrew from election.


Former Navy

Litigation Details

Case File:



  • Civil Disorder;
  • Obstruction of an Official Proceeding
  • Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building;
  • Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building;
  • Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building;
  • Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building

Timeline of Litigation

  • Arrested

    Phoenix, Arizona | January 9, 2021
  • Charged

    January 11, 2021 "Indicted 1/11/21."
  • Arraigned

    January 29, 2021 "Arraigned 1/29/21 and pleaded not guilty to all counts."
  • Plea Agreement

    September 3, 2021 "Plea agreement entered 9/3."
  • Sentenced

    November 17, 2021 "Sentenced 11/17 to 41 months in prison followed by 36 months supervised release, must pay $2,000 restitution."

Sentencing Details

  • Prison: 41 month(s)
  • Parole/Supervised Release: 36 month(s)
  • Fine/Restitution: $2000

Affiliated Organizations

    • Conspiracy / Misinformation


    24 individual(s)

Press Coverage

  • ‘QAnon shaman’ sentenced to 41 months for role in Capitol riot

    Published on November 17, 2021 Read at Washington Post
  • Arizona Man Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge In Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

    Published on September 4, 2021 Read at US DOJ
  • ‘QAnon Shaman' Jacob Chansley Pleads Guilty in Capitol Riot

    Published on September 3, 2021 Read at NBC Washington
  • Seven Charged in Federal Court Following Events At the United Capitol

    Published on January 13, 2021 Read at US DOJ
  • Three Men Charged in Connection with Events at U.S. Capitol

    Published on January 9, 2021 Read at US DOJ

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