Jacob Chansley, better known as the “QAnon Shaman” has been released early from prison to the custody of a halfway house.
“After serving eleven months in solitary prior to his sentence being imposed, and only 16 months of his sentence thereafter, 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,” Chansley’s former attorney, Albert S. Watkins, said in a Thursday statement to DailyMail.com. “I applaud the decision of the US Bureau of Prison in this regard.”
Chansley, 35, became the painted face of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
As BizPac Review reported, he was sentenced to 41 months in prison in November 2021, after pleading guilty to one count of felony obstruction of an official proceeding in September of that fateful year. It was the longest sentence handed out to a J6 protestor.
‘QAnon Shaman’ sentenced to 3-plus years in prison for role in Capitol riot: ‘I am not an insurrectionist’ https://t.co/BD27A34ydU pic.twitter.com/q9MoWvCerA
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 18, 2021
Watkins did not specify what led to the Shaman’s early out, saying only, “This was a decision of the US Bureau of Prisons. I cannot speak for the US Bureau of Prisons.”
The Daily Mail reports:
Federal guidelines allow for reduced prison time due to good behavior, but under those guidelines Chansley would have expected to serve at least 35 months and 22 days of his 41-month sentence.
Instead, he was transferred to the halfway house after just 27 months in prison, including the time served prior to his sentencing.
The narrative created by House Democrats during their sham investigation of the events of January 6 began to crumble after video surfaced in February of Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, who was filming a documentary about her mom at the time of the breach, admitted that “The Shaman did nothing…”
“What did the Shaman do?” Alexandra Pelosi said. “He stood there. The Shaman got how many months?”
‘The Shaman did nothing’: Nancy Pelosi’s daughter is on video downplaying Jan 6th https://t.co/E2i0MKRHIz pic.twitter.com/trLc25Rvvg
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 20, 2023
And when Fox News’s Tucker Carlson aired previously unseen video from inside the Capitol, given to him by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the case against Chansley blew apart.
Chansley was seen walking calmly around the inside of the Capitol with the assistance of multiple police officers who tried several doors in an attempt to give him access to the Senate.
Once inside, Chansley actually said a prayer, thanking the Capitol police for their help.
And despite what the Dems would have you believe, Chansley did not enter the Capitol through a broken window. Video shows him walking through an open door.
Liberal and RINO heads promptly exploded.
McConnell, GOP senators blast Tucker over unseen Jan. 6 footage: 'It’s bulls**t … I was there' https://t.co/mbj3Etrpzw
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 8, 2023
To make matters worse, Watkins went on Carlson’s show and revealed that the government never gave to him the video evidence that was arguably exculpatory.
“The government knew through three hearings, when we begged and pleaded to get this man out of solitary confinement, literally falling into an abyss mentally, and through each of those three hearings, that government assistant U.S. Attorney, knew the most important aspect of that hearing was that Jake was not violent,” Watkins fumed.
‘They had a duty’: Attorney who defended QAnon Shaman says gov’t never gave him video evidence https://t.co/Te5cKKwpZK pic.twitter.com/sgmi4lvXtf
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 9, 2023
Online, many are understandably thrilled that Chansley has been released but are now calling for the release of the rest of the “political prisoners.”
“So happy to hear Jacob Chansley has been released from prison early,” tweeted former model Courtney Lynne. “Now to free the rest of the J6 political prisoners.”
So happy to hear Jacob Chansley has been released from prison early
Now to free the rest of the J6 political prisoners
— CourtneyLynne (@kourtneelynne) March 30, 2023
Time to release all the other political prisoners.
End this witch hunt now
— Jake 2.0 (@bigsky) March 30, 2023
It’s a start! Release them all
— Deegert (@DebbieGentile7) March 30, 2023
I guess Tucker’s release of the J6 tapes didn’t end Democracy after all..
— Laney (@LaneyDay50) March 30, 2023
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