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Lawyer of Arizona man wearing horns during U.S. Capitol riots asking President Trump for pardon

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Posted at 9:09 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 11:36:18-05

The lawyer of the Arizona man who was wearing horns during the U.S. Capitol riots is now asking President Trump to pardon him.

Jacob Chansley's St. Louis lawyer, Albert Watkins is asking Trump to do the "honorable thing and pardon those of his peaceful followers who accepted the president's invitation," according to a press release Thursday.

Last Saturday morning, Chansley also known as Jake Angeli turned himself into the FBI field office in Phoenix.

Chansley was seen inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6 wearing horns, a bearskin headdress, red, white, and blue face paint, no shirt, tan pants. He also had a spear with an American flag.

He is currently facing a six-count federal indictment and is being held at a Phoenix federal facility.

"Mr. Chansley is an American; he served honorably in the U.S. military," Mr. Watkins said. "He has zero criminal history. He is a lover of nature, routinely practices meditation is an active practitioner of yoga, and eats only organic food. He took seriously the countless messages of President Trump. He believed in President Trump. Like tens of millions of other Americans, Chansley felt -- for the first time in his life -- as though his voice was being heard," the release stated.

The 33-year-old, who according to former classmates grew up in Phoenix and attended Moon Valley High School, appeared in court telephonically on Monday where he was initially facing two misdemeanor charges. During the court appearance, the public defender said Chansley was on an extremely restrictive diet, believed to be due to religious reasons, and not eaten since he was taken into custody.

Watkins also claimed that Chansley did not hide his identity during the U.S. Capitol riots and he was not violent during the events.

"Mr. Chansley did not hide his identity," Mr. Watkins said in the press release. "He was unarmed. He was not violent. He was not destructive. His attire was consistent with his long-held Shaman beliefs. While in the Capitol Building, he followed the instructions of supportive and respectful law enforcement personnel. He did not bear arms, but rather, sported a megaphone…so his voice could be heard. When alerted to the fact that federal law enforcement officials were interested in him, he immediately and peacefully surrendered himself to the FBI."

Watkins also added, "My client had heard the oft-repeated words of President Trump... The words and invitation of a president are supposed to mean something. Given the peaceful and compliant fashion in which Mr. Chansley comported himself, it would be appropriate and honorable for the president to pardon Mr. Chansley and other like-minded, peaceful individuals who accepted the president's invitation with honorable intentions."

He is expected to be back in court in Phoenix Friday afternoon, according to a federal court website.