The accused US Capitol rioter dubbed the “QAnon Shaman” has issued a mea culpa, saying he regrets storming the citadel of democracy.
Jacob Chansley — who wore a furry headdress, horns and face paint in the course of the Jan. 6 riot — stated by his legal professional Al Watkins that he has re-evaluated his life since being jailed for over a month.
He requested individuals to “be affected person with me and different peaceable individuals who, like me, are having a really troublesome time piecing collectively all that occurred to us, round us, and by us.
“We’re good individuals who care deeply about our nation,” he added.
Watkins — who unsuccessfully sought a pardon for Chansley from then-President Donald Trump — stated the Senate additionally didn’t take up his provide to have the infamous “shaman” testify on how he was allegedly incited by the previous commander-in-chief.
The lawyer stated he doesn’t suppose it’s proper for the federal government to prosecute individuals who have been incited — as a result of they too are victims.
“In the event you consider the federal government is appropriately prosecuting the (former) president, you’ll be able to’t on the similar time maintain criminally culpable those that have been incited, as a result of the individuals incited change into victims,” Watkins advised the Related Press.
Chansley has pleaded not responsible to felony prices of civil dysfunction and obstructing an official continuing, plus 4 different misdemeanor prices.
Authorities stated Chansley disobeyed orders by an officer to go away the Capitol, refused the officer’s request to make use of his bullhorn to inform rioters to vacate the Senate chamber, and wrote a observe to then-Vice President Mike Pence saying, “It’s solely a matter of time, justice is coming.”
Prosecutors stated the spear Chansley carried on prime of a flagpole was a weapon, although Watkins has characterised it as an decoration.
Whereas behind bars, Chansley has refused to eat as a result of the detention services didn’t serve natural meals.
The accused rioter, who misplaced 20 kilos in the course of the newest hunger episode, stated he has been following such a weight-reduction plan for eight years whereas working towards Shamanism.
Final week, a decide ordered corrections officers to supply Chansley with natural meals. He was then moved to a jail in Virginia after the District of Columbia Division of Corrections stated it couldn’t honor the courtroom’s order.