Teenage QAnon propagandist sentenced to nearly four years in prison

A teenager who self-identified as “The QAnon Warrior” has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in a riot at the US Capitol building in October 2016, USA Today reported. QAnon,…

Teenage QAnon propagandist sentenced to nearly four years in prison

A teenager who self-identified as “The QAnon Warrior” has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for his role in a riot at the US Capitol building in October 2016, USA Today reported.

QAnon, which has its origins in the US Army conspiracy theory known as “Q,” claims President Donald Trump is being controlled by an “elite” hidden elite who are “locked in a war” to bring about his demise.

Jake Jacoby, a then-19-year-old from Utah, was convicted of felony riot, but the conviction was overturned.

Citing his advocacy for the conspiracy theory, the prosecution sought to add federal conspiracy charges to the original riot charge against Jacoby.

“You are joining with a group of individuals who want to wage violent war against an American society that is controlled by this elite,” US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled in August, according to USA Today.

Jacoby’s mother and defense attorney have expressed confidence that their client will not face any additional charges.

The conspiracy theory has gained traction online, both as a terrifying possibility and a joking matter.

“Obviously, I don’t know if I am actually acting on something,” Jacoby reportedly said to his friends, according to USA Today.

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