Doug Jensen, a QAnon conspiracy
theorist who stormed the Capitol
on Jan. 6 in support of former President Donald Trump
's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election
, was ordered released
on home incarceration by a federal judge
According to U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly, Jensen's conduct was serious, but the threat Jensen posed to the community could be mitigated through strict conditions of release. Under federal law
, pretrial detention
is supposed to be a last resort, used only when no other conditions would ensure public safety.
Jensen, in videos released to the media
on Monday night, repeatedly stated that he believed he was at the White House
, and Judge Kelly cited Jensen's lack of a grade-school level understanding of the US government in his decision to release Jensen.
“This is me, touching the fucking White House,” Jensen said, placing his hand on a U.S. Capitol exterior wall.
Douglas Jensen, QAnon believer and Jan. 6 defendant: “This is me, touching the fucking White House.”NARRATOR: He was not, in fact, touching the fucking White House. One of the latest Jan. 6 videos released by the feds this evening: pic.twitter.com/VROfutyKJ4 — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) July 13, 2021
“Storm the White House!” Jensen yelled in another video as he pans up to the Capitol dome. “That's what we do!”
“Storm the White House! That's what we do!” said Douglas Jensen as he prepared to storm the United States Capitol. pic.twitter.com/UwXDA58vjN — Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) July 13, 2021
Jensen could not have planned or coordinated his actions on January 6
because he "had no basic understanding of where he even was," according to Judge Kelly.
Jensen will be released into the custody of his wife
, who swore to ensure that her husband complied with his conditions of release.
On Jan. 6, Stardia reporter Igor Bobic was reporting from inside the Capitol when a mob of Trump supporters
confronted Officer Goodman and chased him up the stairs. Judge Kelly praised Goodman for diverting the mob away from an entrance to the United States Senate
chamber, where lawmakers were still gathered.
Here's the terrifying moment protesters entered the building from the first floor and made their way outside the Senate chamber: pic.twitter.com/CfVIBsgywK — Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
Judge Kelly reiterated that his decision to release Jensen on strict conditions should not be interpreted as a sign
that the judge believes Jensen's behavior was not serious, or as an indication of how Jensen will be sentenced following his conviction.