'QAnon shaman' expected to plead guilty to Capitol riot charges

Supporters of President Donald Trump riot against the Electoral College vote count on January 6, 2021, in protest of Trump's loss to President-elect Joe Biden, prompting a lockdown of the Capitol Building. Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 2 (UPI) -- An accused Capitol rioter known as the "QAnon shaman" is set to plead guilty in his criminal case related to the insurrection, according to a court filing released Thursday.

Jacob Chansley -- who also goes by the name Jake Angeli -- faces six charges related to his actions during the Jan. 6 riot but the court docket filed Thursday did not indicate which charges he is expected to plead guilty to.


"The path charted by Mr. Chansley since Jan. 6 has been a process, one which has involved pain, depression, solitary confinement, introspection, recognition of mental health vulnerabilities and a coming to grips with the need for more self work," Chansley's attorney, Al Watkins, said in a statement.

In May, District Judge Royce Lamberth ordered Chansley to undergo a psychological exam to determine if he is fit to stand trial.

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Chansley was seen wearing horns, a coyote tail headdress and face paint at the Capitol and faces charges of civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

He is not charged with attacking anyone during the riot but federal prosecutors have described him as a leader within the QAnon movement, an Internet conspiracy that casts former President Donald Trump as the man who will bring world elites maintaining a Satanic child-murdering sex cult to justice.


Lamberth of the District of Columbia ruled in March that Chansley must remain in jail until his trial because he presented a possible threat to members of the general public.

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Also Thursday, Doug Jensen of Des Moines, Iowa, was ordered to return to jail after violating conditions of his pretrial release that barred him from accessing the Internet.

Jensen, 42, was arrested in January and charged with seven federal crimes including assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers; obstruction of a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder and entering and remaining in a restricted building after he was seen on video at the front of a group making their way into the Capitol behind a Capitol Police officer.

Prosecutors said a pretrial services officer caught Jensen streaming the Cyber Symposium held by My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell on an iPhone in his garage.

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A court brief said Jensen initially claimed the phone was his daughter's, then that his wife left the news on for him when he left for work before admitting he spent two days streaming the conference while cutting a tree down in his yard.

The violation occurred two weeks after Jensen, who was also a QAnon follower, renounced his belief in the conspiracy after spending six months in a Washington, D.C., jail.


Jensen's attorney, Christopher Davis, said he had complied with every other condition of his release and intended to comply with the Internet prohibition but prosecutors noted he violated the provision despite being monitored with the most stringent level of pretrial supervision available.

"Frankly, I think it's probably a logical inference that there are no conditions that I can impose that will ensure Mr. Jensen does not pose a risk to the community," Judge Timothy Kelly said. "I made Mr. Jensen's conditions of release extraordinarily clear."

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