How QAnon Shaman Went From Math Club Member In High School To Embracing Wacky Conspiracies

Jacob Chansley, 33, was sentenced Wednesday to 41 months in federal prison 

  • Known as 'QAnon Shaman,' he wore horned fur hat while storming US Capitol 

  • Before that, he was a failed actor living with his mom in Glendale, Arizona 

  • Chansley was kicked out of his $900-a-month apartment for not paying rent 

  • In 2007, he was booted from the Navy for refusing to take the anthrax vaccine 

  • High school friends described a normal teen who was in math and debate club 

  • But afterward he embraced wild conspiracy theories and New Age spirituality 

  • Neighbors reported seeing him dance on the roof of his mother's house 

  • Chansley also turned up at demonstrations in Phoenix calling COVID a 'hoax' 

  • After his arrest, he lost 20 pounds because prison didn't serve organic food 

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    The 'QAnon Shaman' who was sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for his role in the January 6 riots is a failed actor who lived with mom, wrote two books about his New Age spiritual beliefs, and was kicked out of the military for refusing an anthrax vaccine.

    Jacob Chansley, the spear-carrying rioter whose horned fur hat, tattooed bare chest and face paint made him one of the more recognizable figures in the assault on the Capitol, was sentenced on Wednesday to 41 months in prison.

    Chansley, who pleaded guilty to a felony charge of obstructing an official proceeding, was among the first rioters to enter the building.

    He has acknowledged using a bullhorn to rile up the mob, offering thanks in a prayer while in the Senate for having the chance to get rid of traitors and scratching out a threatening note to Vice President Mike Pence saying, 'It's Only A Matter of Time. Justice Is Coming!'

    Chansley’s antics are a far cry from the life he had been hoping for when he graduated from Moon Valley High School in 2005. 

    Yearbook photos obtained by DailyMail.com show a fresh-faced blond teenager seen smiling with his arms around younger half-brother Tyler, 30.

    Before he became the 'QAnon Shaman,' Chansley was a failed actor who lived with his mother in her Glendale, Arizona home Before he became the 'QAnon Shaman,' Chansley was a failed actor who lived with his mother in her Glendale, Arizona home

    Before he became the 'QAnon Shaman,' Jacob Chansley, 33, was a failed actor who lived with his mother in her Glendale, Arizona home

    High school yearbook photos obtained by DailyMail.com show a fresh-faced blond teenager seen smiling with his arms around younger half-brother Tyler, 30

    High school yearbook photos obtained by DailyMail.com show a fresh-faced blond teenager seen smiling with his arms around younger half-brother Tyler, 30

    Chansley’s antics are a far cry from the life he had been hoping for when he graduated from Moon Valley High School in 2005 Chansley’s antics are a far cry from the life he had been hoping for when he graduated from Moon Valley High School in 2005

    Chansley’s antics are a far cry from the life he had been hoping for when he graduated from Moon Valley High School in 2005 (pictured are his yearbook photos, Chansley was in the Debate and Math clubs). 

    A headshot was accompanied by the motto: ‘There is no greater gift than the gift of life so use it to its fullest'

    A headshot was accompanied by the motto: ‘There is no greater gift than the gift of life so use it to its fullest'

    Friends from school say he has changed dramatically over the 15 years since he left Moon Valley High. He is pictured in Math club

    Friends from school say he has changed dramatically over the 15 years since he left Moon Valley High. He is pictured in Math club

    A headshot was accompanied by the motto: ‘There is no greater gift than the gift of life so use it to its fullest.’

    Along with Tyler, Chansley was also a member of the school debating team and was part of the Moon Valley High Math Club.

    But while Tyler also joined the ‘Rocket Town’ cultural diversity program – describing his experience of spending time with students of color as ‘like being with my family’ – Chansley did not.

    Friends from school say he has changed dramatically over the 15 years since he left Moon Valley High.

    Former classmate Chris Trubl, 30, of Peoria, Arizona, described his behavior on Wednesday as ‘crazy stuff’. 

    Though he isn't accused of violence, prosecutors say Chansley, of Arizona, was the 'public face of the Capitol riot' who went into the attack with a weapon, ignored repeated police orders to leave the building and gloated about his actions in the days immediately after the attack.

    The image of Chansley holding a flagpole topped with a spear tip and looking as if he were howling was one of the most striking to emerge from the riot.

    Chansley is seen above after turning himself in to federal authorities days after the riot

    Chansley is seen above after turning himself in to federal authorities days after the riot

    He previously called himself the 'QAnon Shaman' but has since repudiated the QAnon movement, which is centered on the baseless belief that former President Donald Trump was fighting a cabal of Satan-worshipping, child sex trafficking cannibals.

    Days after the riot, he surrendered himself to the FBI in Phoenix.

    After his arrest, Chansley was moved from the DC Department of Corrections facility in Washington to Virginia's Alexandria Detention Center.

    The move was initiated because the DC facility was unable to comply with a court order that ruled Chansley should be served organic food while in custody because of his religious beliefs. 

    The facility in nearby Virginia is 'able and willing to accommodate (Chansley's) dietary requests', according to court documents. 

    HIs lawyer said at the time that Chansley lost 20 pounds since he was transferred from Arizona to Washington. 

    Chansley considers eating organic food to be part of his 'shamanic belief system and way of life,' his lawyer had said. 

    In January, when he was jailed in Arizona on charges stemming from the riot, Chansley went days without eating because the detention facility there didn't offer organic food. 

    The US Marshals Service in Arizona said it 'reached an appropriate course of action regarding the dietary needs of Jacob Chansley' but declined to say whether he had been given organic food.  

    In asking for organic food behind bars, Chansley made a religious liberty argument and said he has been following such a diet for eight years while practicing Shamanism. 

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    Source:Daily Mail

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