Jacob Anthony Chansley has been pictured in a mugshot with his horns in the first picture since his arrest after being move to Virginia ‘s Alexandria Detention Center
The horned ‘QAnon Shaman’ jailed over his involvement in the Capitol riots has been pictured in a mugshot for the first time since his arrest.
Chansley moved to a different facility because the jail where he is currently housed was unable to cater to his organic food needs.
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.
Jacob Anthony Chansley was moved from the DC Department of Corrections facility in Washington to Virginia’s Alexandria Detention Center on Thursday.
It comes just one day after a judge granted Chansley’s request to be served organic food following complaints from his lawyer that he had not eaten in nine days.
His lawyer, Albert Watkins, claimed Chansley had lost 20 pounds since being transferred from Arizona to Washington last week following his arrest for his involvement in the Capitol riots on January 6.
The lawyer had initially filed a motion asking for his client to be released on bond because non-organic food is against his beliefs and makes him physically ill.
His bond request was denied.
‘He has come to grasp that fact that the former president really didn’t love him and that all the bulls*** about Trump’s army and all the social media-driven conspiracy theories led to a lot of the vulnerability,’ Jacob Chansley’s defense attorney, Watkins, told The Daily Beast on Wednesday.
‘Has my client gone through a wholesale repudiation on his previous beliefs? No. It’s part of an ongoing process. But he has recognized his role and my client has bellied up and realized he needs to do right by his country. As part of this process, he is compelled to address a lot of things he has believed in the past from what I would call a propaganda machine.’
Chansley, who calls himself the QAnon Shaman, considers eating organic food to be part of his ‘shamanic belief system and way of life,’ his lawyer had said.
Three weeks ago, 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 U.S. 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.
Chansley is being held without bail on federal charges and faces 25 years in prison. Pictured above is a court sketch shows him in a video appearance in Phoenix at a pre-trial detainment hearing
Chansley shot to worldwide infamy when he stormed the Capitol sporting face-paint, a fur hat and holding a Star-Spangled spear
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.
In an order issued on Wednesday evening, the judge said corrections officials have made dietary religious exemptions for inmates who are Muslim and Jewish and couldn’t cite an instance when they denied such a request based on a perceived lack of religious merit.
The judge said Chansley’s diet was based on his religious beliefs and that his willingness to go more than a week without food is strong evidence of the sincerity of those convictions.
Chansley, who was pictured inside the Capitol sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns, was arrested on six federal charges, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Prosecutors said Chansley went into the Capitol carrying a US flag attached to a wooden pole topped with a spear, ignored an officer’s commands to leave, went into the Senate chamber and wrote a threatening note to then-Vice President Mike Pence.
Prosecutors said Chansley went into the Capitol carrying a US flag attached to a wooden pole topped with a spear, ignored an officer’s commands to leave, went into the Senate chamber and wrote a threatening note to then-Vice President Mike Pence
They have said he was one of the first people to breach the Capitol building.
Chansley told investigators he came to the Capitol ‘at the request of the president that all ‘patriots’ come to DC on January 6,’ according to court records.
His attorney told DailyMail.com last month: ‘Mr Chansley is not alone. We all are compelled to be introspective about our role in creating and permitting an environment where believing the words of a president [is] criminally actionable.’
He made those comments after Trump ignored Chansley’s pleas for a pardon before leaving office.
The lawyer argued that Trump had drawn Chansley into a web of lies, but said that Trump’s lack of action during the riot and failure to issue pardons had been a wake-up call to his client.
‘My client is understandably compelled to reconcile the words of the former president with the subsequent actions of the former president,’ Watkins said.
‘The reconciliation of a betrayal necessarily requires the bellying up to the bar by the betrayed to acknowledge their role in making themselves ripe for betrayal.’