Jacob Chansley, the person nicknamed the “QAnon Shaman” after he was photographed contained in the Capitol sporting a horned headdress, shirtless and closely tattooed, is negotiating for a plea deal after officers on the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) identified him with transient schizophrenia, bipolar dysfunction, despair, and nervousness.
Protection lawyer Albert Watkins stated officers confirmed Chansley’s psychological situation deteriorated because of the stress of being held in solitary confinement at a jail in Alexandria, Virginia.
“As he spent extra time in solitary confinement … the decline in his acuity was noticeable, even to an untrained eye,” Watkins stated.
Watkins famous that Chansley has not been declared mentally incompetent and that he doesn’t count on his shopper to be ordered to bear psychological well being therapy. He says Chansley has expressed delusions “believing that he was certainly associated on to Jesus and Buddha.”
“What we’ve carried out is we’ve taken a man who’s unarmed, innocent, peaceable … with a pre-existing psychological vulnerability of significance, and we’ve rendered him a chocolate soup mess,” Watkins stated.
The BOP stated that Covid-19 restrictions influenced their choice to put Chansley in solitary confinement however stated in a press release that even these in solitary confinement “have entry to workers and programming,”
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