DOJ wants 5 years in prison for QAnon believer Doug Jensen

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge will decide Friday how long an Iowa man who became deeply embroiled in the QAnon conspiracy theory should spend behind bars for leading the mob that chased U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman on Jan. 6, 2021.

Douglas Jensen, of Des Moines, was convicted by a jury in September of five felony and two misdemeanor counts, including counts of obstruction of an official proceeding and assaulting, resisting or impeding police. In a sentencing memo filed last week, federal prosecutors argued Jensen should serve 64 months in prison, or more than five years, for being a “ringleader” during the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building.

“He scaled a twenty-plus-foot wall so that he could be one of the very first rioters to break into the building and disrupt the proceedings in Congress,” prosecutors wrote in the memo.

Once inside, prosecutors said, Jensen led a group of armed rioters in a “menacing pursuit” of Goodman. Goodman eventually led the group away from the Senate Chamber and into the Ohio Clock Corridor, where Jensen urged police to arrest then-Vice President Mike Pence to stop the certification of the 2020 election. After being removed from the building, Jensen entered a second time and again had to be physically escorted out.

At trial, Jensen’s attorney, Christopher Davis, described the Des Moines construction worker as a man who’d fallen deeply down the “rabbit hole” of QAnon — a conspiracy theory holding that former President Donald Trump was engaged in a global battle against a Satanic cabal of child sex abusers. A key element of the QAnon conspiracy theory is the coming of “the storm,” which is the day that Trump would supposedly begin the mass arrest of members of the cabal, the so-called “deep state” and prominent Democrats. That, Davis told jurors, is what Jensen thought was happening on Jan. 6.

“He believed 100% in QAnon. He believed on Jan. 6 the storm was going to arrive and police were going to arrest all the corrupt politicians,” Davis said during trial. “And that included Mike Pence.”

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