‘QAnon Shaman’ Jacob Chansley Released to Halfway House 14 Months Early After Jan 6 Sentence

Jacob Chansley, known as the “QAnon Shaman,” has been released from prison to a halfway house, 14 months before his sentence was set to end, according to a report from The Daily Mail.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to several charges, including civil disorder and violent entry to the Capitol, following the January 6, 2021 unrest around the building.

He was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison.

Chansley’s release to the halfway house appears to be in accordance with routine federal prison policy.

Inmates can receive a reduction in their sentence for good behavior, and the Bureau of Prisons can allow them to serve the final 12 months of their sentence in a halfway house.

Chansley has served just under 27 months in total.

Albert S. Watkins, Chansley’s former attorney, expressed his approval of the release, stating, “After serving eleven months in solitary prior to his sentence being imposed, and only 16 months of his sentence thereafter, it is appropriate this gentle and intelligent young man be permitted to move forward with the next stage of what undoubtedly will be a law abiding and enriching life.”

Bureau of Prison records confirm that Chansley is in the custody of the Residential Reentry Management field office in Phoenix.

Earlier this month, Watkins argued that Chansley should be released after Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired previously unseen footage from the unrest.

The footage shows Chansley being escorted through the Capitol building by Capitol Police officers while other officers allow him to pass.

Carlson used the footage to argue that the demonstrators were “sightseers” and “mostly peaceful.”