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 mother, 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!’
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.
Jacob Chansley, 33, was sentenced on Wednesday to more than three years in prison for his role in the January 6 breach of the US Capitol
Before he became the ‘QAnon Shaman,’ Chansley was a failed actor who lived with his mother in her Glendale, Arizona home
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.
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.
Before images of Chansley inside the US Senate chamber made headline news worldwide, he was living with his 56-year-old mother, Martha, in her $199,000 home in Glendale, Arizona.
In January 2019, he was kicked out of his $900-a-month apartment for failing to keep up on his rent.
At the time, he owed $1,247 in back rent.
Neighbors told DailyMail.com that Chansley had no steady job and was often seen wandering the area in his horned shaman costume.
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).
Yearbook photos obtained by DailyMail.com show a fresh-faced blond teenager seen smiling with his arms around younger half-brother Tyler, 30
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
A profile on film industry site Backstage lists just one project – volunteering at a Theater Camp for disadvantaged children organized by local charity, Free Arts of Arizona, in 2018
One neighbor said Chansley was often seen dancing on the roof of his mother’s home. The neighbor said the ritual was ‘bizarre.’
Chansley would often show up at political protests in Arizona. In July, he filmed himself during a demonstration in which he proclaimed that COVID-19 was a hoax.
In September, he led a protest at Arrowhead Mall in Glendale, Arizona, where he rambled about child abusers and claimed that a spiral sign close to the bathrooms is actually ‘an FBI pedophile code’ while clutching a sign that read ‘Q sent me’.
He was also part of a rowdy crowd of Trump supporters chanting ‘Stop the Steal’ who showed up at a tabulation center in Maricopa County on November 5.
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.
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.
He enlisted out of Arizona as a supply clerk on September 26, 2005. He completed recruit training and Military Occupational Specialty school and was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk in March 2006. A file image of the USS Kitty Hawk and USS Constellation at sail in the Arabian Gulf in April 2003 above
He stayed there until September 29, 2007, when he was transferred to a Transient Personnel Unit in Puget Sound in Washington state (above)
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’.
He said: ‘It’s been 15 years since he left school and he has changed a lot. I haven’t seen him for a few years and I didn’t recognize him when I saw him at the Capitol.
‘I only realized it was him when I saw posts from people at school on social media. He’s changed a lot. That was some crazy stuff he was doing there.’
After leaving school, Chansley’s first act was to change his name.
Chansley has previously admitted his belief in QAnon after he started after reading conspiracy theories on the internet
In August 2005, he applied to replace his mother’s maiden name – Angeli – with his 63-year-old stepfather Glen’s last name.
In the application, he wrote: ‘I want my last name to be that of my stepfather, my dad. I was not legally adopted by my stepfather while a minor. Angeli is my mother’s last name.’
Chansley had a short-lived career in the Navy, where he enlisted out of Arizona as a supply clerk on September 26, 2005 before he was given the boot about two years later for refusing to take a vaccine, according to Task and Purpose.
He completed recruit training and Military Occupational Specialty school and was assigned to the USS Kitty Hawk in March 2006.
He stayed there until September 29, 2007, when he was transferred to a Transient Personnel Unit in Puget Sound in Washington state.
He was processed out of the Navy on October 11 that same year as a seaman’s apprentice, meaning he got out of the Navy as a boot E-2 after two years and 15 days of service, about 15 years before the Capitol protest.
Navy officials have declined to provide the characterization of his discharge.
The anthrax vaccine fights against a rare, but serious bacterial illness. The military was vaccinated against it because anthrax spores have been used as biological weapons.
According to Chansley’s military record notes he received the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon but no personal awards.
Now 33, Chansley uses both names but prefers to use Angeli to tout for work – unsuccessfully – as an actor.
A profile on film industry site Backstage lists just one project – volunteering at a Theater Camp for disadvantaged children organized by local charity, Free Arts of Arizona, in 2018.
Chansley has been living with his mother Martha, 56, (left and right) since January 2019
Photos accompanying the listing show a tattooed and bearded Chansley flexing his muscles in a flag-print shirt and bandana, while another shows him dressed in his infamous shaman outfit with a blacked up face.
Under education, he writes that he attended the school of ‘hard knocks’ and describes himself as a ‘Voice Over and Acting Master’.
Writing about his career, he says: ‘I am a highly talented actor, voiceover artist and singer. I am capable of performing over 30 different voices and numerous different accents.
‘I am also very skilled at embodying characters and expressing emotions in a way that causes people to become captivated and entranced.
‘My ability to memorize lines is only rivaled by my ability to perform improv and make it appear if my lines were memorized.
‘I am always increasing my abilities and honing my techniques to be the best of the best at what I do.’
Chansley has also written two books. One of them is titled Will & Power: Inside the Living Library, though he wrote it under the pen name ‘Loan Wolf.’ Using the name Jacob Angeli, he also wrote One Mind at a Time: A Deep State of Illusion.
Chansley’s main occupation now appears to be protest and he has become a fixture at anti-lockdown rallies in Arizona over the past year.
At one, in July 2020, he was filmed himself screaming that the Covid-19 second wave is ‘bulls**t’, adding ‘COVID-1984 is a globalist propaganda hoax’ – a reference to the George Orwell novel.
His Twitter feed is dominated by conspiracy videos and, more recently, details of his plans to attend the MAGA march in DC.
One, posted January 5, defends Proud Boys boss Enrique Tarrio who was banned from DC the day before the Capitol riot.
Chansley has also written two books. One of them is titled Will & Power: Inside the Living Library, though he wrote it under the pen name ‘Loan Wolf.’
Using the name Jacob Angeli, he also wrote One Mind at a Time: A Deep State of Illusion.