Shaman Capitol rioter faces 4-years' jail

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The US Capitol rioter nicknamed the 'QAnon Shaman' for his horned head-dress faces a sentence of more than four years in prison for his role in the deadly January 6 attack by followers of former president Donald Trump.

Prosecutors have asked US District Judge Royce Lamberth to impose a 51-month sentence on Jacob Chansley, who pleaded guilty in September to obstructing an official proceeding when he and thousands of others stormed the building in an attempt to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden's election as president.

"Defendant Chansley's now-famous criminal acts have made him the public face of the Capitol riot", prosecutors said in asking for the lengthy sentence.

It would be the stiffest imposed on any Capitol rioter, after a former mixed martial artist filmed punching a police officer during the violence was sentenced last week to 41 months in prison.

Chansley's attorneys have asked the judge for a sentence of time served for their client, who has been detained since his January arrest.

While in detention, Chansley was diagnosed by prison officials with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety.

When he entered his guilty plea, Chansley said he was disappointed Trump had not pardoned him.

Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives and acquitted by the Senate on a charge of inciting the January 6 riot for a fiery speech that preceded it in which he told his followers to "fight like hell".

Four people died in the violence. A Capitol Police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the day after the riot and four police officers who took part in the defence of the Capitol later took their own lives. About 140 police officers were injured.

Defence lawyer Albert Watkins said the US Navy in 2006 had found Chansley suffered from personality disorder but nonetheless declared him "fit for duty".

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