Former U.S. swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller pleaded responsible Wednesday to one of many seven charges he faced in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
As a part of a plea settlement with federal prosecutors, Keller acknowledged unlawfully getting into the U.S. Capitol and pleaded responsible to 1 felony rely of obstruction of an official continuing. The 39-year-old additionally provided to cooperate with investigators in alternate for the dismissal of the remaining prices.
U.S. District Courtroom choose Richard Leon didn’t instantly set a date for Keller’s sentencing listening to, however the former Olympian is prone to serve jail time. The sentencing pointers vary for the obstruction cost is 21 to 27 months.
Keller’s subsequent courtroom look is scheduled for Dec. 16. His lawyer didn’t instantly reply to an e mail looking for remark.
A five-time Olympic medalist in three appearances with Group USA, Keller is certainly one of more than 600 people who have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot, which left 140 cops injured.
Federal authorities recognized Keller in photographs and video of the gang due to his peak – Keller is 6 toes 6 – and the Group USA jacket that he was carrying.
“(Keller) might be seen standing within the Rotunda nonetheless carrying the darkish coloured USA jacket, which additionally seems to bear a Nike brand on the entrance proper facet and a crimson and white Olympic patch on the entrance left facet,” an FBI agent wrote in a felony grievance.
As a part of his plea settlement, Keller admitted to spending rather less than one hour contained in the Capitol with the intent of “stopping or delaying” Congress’ certification of the Electoral Faculty vote. He additionally confirmed that he yelled “(expletive) Nancy Pelosi!” and “(expletive) Chuck Schumer!” whereas inside, and prevented the makes an attempt of legislation enforcement officers to escort him out of the constructing.
Moreover, Keller acknowledged taking photos and video whereas contained in the Capitol, then destroying the telephone and reminiscence card that contained these supplies throughout the subsequent 48 hours. He additionally mentioned he threw away the Group USA jacket.
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