QAnon Shaman, who pleaded guilty and made a heartfelt apology in Jan. 6 case, has changed his mind and wants his plea reversed

  • The QAnon Shaman, who pleaded guilty to his January 6 involvement, told the BBC that he wants his plea reversed.

  • Jacob Chansley issued an apology for his involvement in the Capitol siege a month after it happened.

  • He was released from prison after serving 27 months of his 41-month sentence.

Regret doesn't last long.

At least not for the QAnon Shaman, who was charged and imprisoned following his participation in the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

Jacob Chansley issued an apology when he pleaded guilty to his participation in the riot. Now that he's out of prison early, he says he regrets his guilty plea.

"Regrets only weigh down the mind," Chansley told the BBC. "They're like sandbags on a hot air balloon."

Chansley told the outlet that he planned to return to court to ask that his guilty plea be reversed. The BBC reported that discussions on some online forums suggested that some rioters who pled guilty were having similar changes of heart.

To reverse his guilty plea — a process wherein he would risk facing a new trial — Chansley would have to convince a judge that he was ineffectively represented by his attorney.

He has changed his tune about arguments made by Albert Watkins, the attorney who cited mental illness when he argued for Chansley to receive a lenient sentence. Watkins said Chansley and many other rioters had been deceived by former President Donald Trump.

"I never said I was duped by Trump," Chansley told the BBC. "I never denounced Q or the QAnon community… and I am not schizophrenic, bipolar, depressed or delusional."

Watkins told Insider in a statement that Chansley had a year from his sentencing to file a motion claiming ineffective counsel. He never did, Watkins said.

"Notwithstanding any of his vulnerabilities, I am both fond and protective of Mr. Chansley. He is a remarkably gentle, kind, and intelligent young man. With patience and compassion, his future is bright," Watkins told Insider.

Chansley started issuing apologies for his actions in the riot a month after it took place. In February 2021, he released a statement from jail through his attorney.

"I deeply regret and am very sorry I entered into the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. I should not have been there. Period," Chansley said in the statement. "I was wrong. Period."

A judge said the statement was "the most remarkable I've heard in 34 years" and sentenced him to 41 months in prison, according to the BBC. This sentence was far less than the 20-year maximum he could have received.

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