Jacob Chansley’s lawyer says he has “genuine mental health issues.”
Sep 3, 2021 12:59 AM EST
The infamous “QAnon Shaman” who became a symbol of the January 6 Capitol riot has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. After spending several months in jail, Jacob Chansley has repudiated the movement against the 2020 election results.
According to the HuffPost, Jacob Chansley’s lawyer, Albert Watkins, says he has “genuine mental health issues.” Watkins also asked for “patience and compassion” for his client.
“Mr. Chansley, a long avowed and practicing Shaman, has repudiated the ‘Q’ previously assigned to him and requests future references to him be devoid of use of the letter ‘Q,'” Watkins said in the statement.
“The road leading up to the events of January 6 traversed years. The path charted by Mr. Chansley since January 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,” Watkins said.
“It is imperative that patience and compassion be accorded those, who like Mr. Chansley, were non-violent, peaceful and possessed of genuine mental health issues which rendered them more vulnerable to the propaganda of the day but who, at the end of the day, seek to be accountable for their actions,” Watkins continued.
An outspoken lawyer, Albert Watkins, has said that the people involved in the riots “drank the Kool-Aid” and are “fucking short bus people.” Six hundred people have been arrested in connection with the January 6 riot. Watkins plans to hold a virtual press conference on Friday afternoon, after the hearing.