Jacob Chansley, 35, pleaded guilty in September 2021 to what the Daily Mail reported as civil disorder and violent entry to the Capitol building. He was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison.
His attorney Albert S. Watkins said that he had been released from prison early, and was going to be relocated to a halfway house.
“After serving eleven months in solitary prior to his sentence being imposed, and only 16 months of his sentence thereafter, it is appropriate this gentle and intelligent young man be permitted to move forward with the next stage of what undoubtedly will be a law abiding and enriching life,” Watkins said.“I applaud the decision of the US Bureau of Prison in this regard.”
However, it has not yet been made clear why Chansley was released from prison early. Watkins declined to comment on the matter, saying: “This was a decision of the US Bureau of Prisons. I cannot speak for the US Bureau of Prisons.”
The Bureau of Prison’s records confirm that Chansley is currently in the custody of the Residential Management field office in Phoenix, with a release date of May 25, per the Daily Mail.
While federal guidelines do allow for prisoners to have reduced time due to good behavior, it would still mean that Chansley would have had to serve 35 months and 22 days of his 41-month sentence.
Chansley served 27 months in prison before being moved to the halfway house.
Earlier this month, Elon Musk called for the release of Chansley after new footage from January 6 emerged, appearing to show police escorting Chansley through the Capitol building.
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