Invoking ‘QAnon Shaman,’ judge slams sword-wielding, colonial garb-wearing Jan. 6 rioter’s attempt to reduce sentence

Left: Isaac Yoder, wearing colonial garb and carrying a flagpole, at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Courtesy U.S. Justice Department. Right: Jacob Chansley, the

Left: Isaac Yoder, wearing colonial garb and carrying a flagpole, at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 (U.S. Justice Department). Right: Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman,” is seen inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 carrying a spear with flag attached (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images).

Isaac Yoder, a man who wore colonial garb, wielded a metal sword and a nearly 6-foot long flagpole as he stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has resoundingly failed to convince a federal judge in Washington, D.C., that his sentence of one year imprisonment should be reduced because, as Yoder has insisted, the sword wasn’t a “dangerous weapon” but merely a prop for his colonial costume.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth, an appointee of former President Ronald Reagan, denied the request in a cutting 12-page order issued July 5, telling Yoder that when it comes to the weapons he and other rioters carried at the Capitol, district courts have repeatedly found that any object with less obvious propensity for harm than even a metal sword like his, qualifies as dangerous weapon.

By invoking convicted Jan. 6 rioter Jacob Chansley, the so-called “Q-Anon Shaman” who stormed the Capitol while dressed in costume and carrying a spear, Lamberth called Yoder’s argument “doomed.”

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