Jacob Chansley, the man nicknamed the “QAnon Shaman” after being photographed in the Capitol wearing a horned headdress, shirtless and heavily tattooed, is negotiating a plea deal after Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) officials have been diagnosed with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety.
Defense attorney Albert Watkins said officials confirmed Chansley’s mental health deteriorated due to the stress of being held in solitary confinement in an Alexandria, Virginia prison.
“As he spent more time in solitary confinement … the decline in his visual acuity was noticeable even to the untrained eye,” Watkins said.
Watkins noted that Chansley has not been declared mentally incompetent and that he does not expect his client to be given psychiatric treatment. He says Chansley was delusional “He believed that he was actually directly related to Jesus and Buddha.”
“What we did is take care of an unarmed, harmless, peaceful … with pre-existing mental vulnerability and turn it into a chocolate soup mess,” Watkins said.
The BOP said the Covid-19 restrictions influenced their decision to put Chansley in solitary confinement, but said in a statement that even those in solitary confinement “Have access to staff and programming “,
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