“QAnon Shaman,” who has been sentenced to three years in prison, may appeal the ruling this week, according to report.
Jacob Chansley, the man in a horned fur hat with face paint from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, said at a news briefing on Monday, Nov. 29 that he has found two new attorneys to represent him, NBC News reported. He added that he no longer employed Albert Watkins, who previously defended him in the case.
Lawyers William Shipley and John Pierce declared in a statement that they were taking over the case. The new attorneys indicated they were considering filing an appeal and alleging incompetent assistance of counsel, which Chansley confirmed.
Pierce used to be an attorney in the well-known case of Kyle Rittenhouse, he used to represent Rittenhouse until he was fired last February.
In September, Chansley pleaded guilty to a sole count of felony obstruction of an official proceeding, which led to a 41 months behind bars sentence ruled this month. He was also required to pay $2,000 in restitution and complete three years of supervised release.
Chansley was among the first individuals who stormed the Capitol building. Initially, prosecutors proposed a 51 years in prison sentence, referred to him as the “public face of the Capitol riot.”
The 33-year-old man was said to have used a bullhorn to tell audiences to “demand that politicians be brought out.”
He was also accused of spreading “false information and hateful rhetoric” through social media before the event, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly Paschall noted that he “posted vitriolic messages on social media, encouraging his thousands of followers to expose corrupt politicians, to ID the traitors in the government, to halt their agenda, to stop the steal, and end the deep state.”
Showing his sincere regrets for breaching the Capitol, Chansley however declined that intended for violence.
“I am not a violent man or a white supremacist. I am truly repentant,” he said.
He repeated his remorse in an interview with Fox News, adding that he was disappointed former President Donald Trump did not pardon him but he would not take back his loyalty to the Republican.
“I honestly believed and still believe that he cares about the Constitution. That he cares about the American people,” Chansley said.
“I regret entering that building. I regret entering that building with every fiber of my being,” he continued.
The final ruling, made by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, has been among the heaviest penalties against rioters of the Capitol breach.