DailyMail.com: “Qanon Shaman” Jacob Chansley is released 14 months early from prison after Jan. 6 footage showed him being ESCORTED into Senate by cops.
The so-called “Qanon Shaman” who pleaded guilty to storming the US Capitol on January 6 has been released from prison to a halfway house 14 months before his sentence was due to end.
Jacob Chansley, 35, pleaded guilty in September 2021 to civil disorder and violent entry to the Capitol, among other charges, and was later sentenced to 41 months in federal prison.
As of Thursday, Bureau of Prison Records showed, and his former attorney confirmed in a statement to DailyMail.com, that Chansley was in a Phoenix halfway house after serving just under 27 months in prison, total.
BREAKING: QAnon Shaman Jacob Chansley is freed from prison 14 months early after his lawyer said Jan. 6 footage showing him being escorted into Senate by cops was exculpatory
Tucker Carlson is an American hero🇺🇸
Free all non-violent J6 protesters and let's see the rest of the… pic.twitter.com/VSmuvljZP8
— Belinda Wood 🍊🇺🇸 (@Belinda71555585) March 30, 2023
Though Chansley’s release comes weeks after his former attorney demanded he be freed in light of new video from the Capitol riot, his move to the halfway house appears to be a matter of routine federal prison policy.
Federal inmates can receive a 15 percent reduction in their prison sentence for good behavior, and can also serve the final 12 months of their sentences in halfway houses at the discretion of the Bureau of Prisons.
In a statement to DailyMail.com on Albert S. Watkins, the attorney who handled Chansley’s plea and sentencing, applauded his release 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,” said Watkins. “I applaud the decision of the US Bureau of Prisons in this regard,” added Watkins.
Bureau of Prison records confirmed that Chansley is in the custody of the Residential Reentry Management field office in Phoenix. A BOP spokesperson did not immediately respond to request for comment from DailyMail.com.
Earlier this month, Watkins had argued that Chansley should be freed after Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired previously unseen footage from the riot. Carlson used his Fox News show to broadcast clips showing Chansley inside the US Capitol.
Chansley appears to be escorted through the building by Capitol Police officers, while other officers allow the chest-baring, horn-wearing Trump supporter to pass.
On Wednesday night, Chansley’s former lawyer said he had not been shown the footage broadcast by Carlson, which the conservative news anchor said was “clearly exculpatory”. End DailyMail.com.
This is a developing story.
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