The Justice Department recommended that Jacob Chansley, the so-called QAnon Shaman, be sentenced to four years behind bars, according to new court documents filed late Tuesday night.
CNN.com reported Wednesday that it is the longest incarceration prosecutors have asked for thus far among the Jan. 6 defendants. Chansley was among the most recognizable of the insurrectionists, making it through the halls of Congress and into the Senate chamber where he was photographed in the gallery and behind the dais.
The documents call him "quite literally, their flagbearer" among the Jan. 6 attackers.
The filing notes that Chansley and those like him "has made us all question the safety and security of the country in which we live."
"Those enormous harms, borne out of the acts of this defendant, must be deterred so that we never see a similar assault on our democracy again," the sentencing recommendation continues.
He's slated to be sentenced by Federal Judge Royce Lamberth of the DC District Court one week from Wednesday. So far, he's been behind bars for 10 months.