Jacob Chansley, dubbed the ‘Q-Anon Shaman’ by the media, has been released from prison fourteen months early according to his lawyer, Albert S. Watkins, after being held in solitary confinement for eleven months prior to his sentencing.
In a statement to the Daily Mail, Watkins said that his client was transferred from a federal prison to a halfway house.
“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,” Watkins said.
“I applaud the decision of the US Bureau of Prison in this regard,” the attorney added.
Chansley’s surprising release comes weeks after Tucker Carlson showed video of Chansley being led through the corridors of the U.S. Capitol by police officers, and many speculate that the never-before-seen footage could have been the difference for the now-infamous Chansley.
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As of yet, the D.C. Bureau of Prisons has not revealed why Chansley was released. But according to the Daily Mail, the release can not be attributed to ‘good behavior’ due to federal guidelines.
The Daily Mail reports:
It was not immediately clear what led to Chansley’s early release, and Watkins declined to comment, saying: ‘This was a decision of the US Bureau of Prisons. I cannot speak for the US Bureau of Prisons.’
Federal guidelines allow for reduced prison time due to good behavior, but under those guidelines Chansley would have expected to serve at least 35 months and 22 days of his 41-month sentence.
Instead, he was transferred to the halfway house after just 27 months in prison, including the time served prior to his sentencing.
Watkins argued earlier in March, after Carlson first exposed video of Chansley in the Capitol, that his client should be freed.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk joined the calls for Chansley’s release, tweeting, “Free Jacob Chansley.”