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Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Sentenced for Role in Jan. 6

Klete Keller, an Olympic gold medalist swimmer, was sentenced to six months of home detention and three years probation for his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

Keller pleaded guilty in September 2021 to a felony charge for storming the U.S. Capitol and faced 21 to 27 months in jail.

Keller acknowledged in court records he tried to obstruct Congress’s certification of President Biden’s Electoral College victory, brushed away officers who tried to remove him from the Capitol Rotunda and yelled profane comments about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as he stood near officers wearing riot gear.

He also acknowledged throwing away the distinctive U.S. Olympic team jacket he wore during the riot and destroying his phone and memory card containing photos and videos he took inside the Capitol.

Investigators said they identified him based on screengrabs from a viral video, his driver’s license and because of the jacket and his 6-foot, 6-inch frame.

He resisted efforts to remove him from the Capitol, ripping an elbow away and shaking off a police officer, prosecutors said.

“I have no excuse for why I am in front of you today,” he said in court. “I understand my actions were criminal and that I am fully responsible for my conduct.”

Keller surrendered to authorities about a week after returning home to Colorado.

Keller competed in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He won two gold medals and a silver in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay and two individual bronze medals in the 400 free.

Keller swam alongside Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

His sister was also an Olympic swimmer.

At least five people died during the Jan. 6 riot, including a Capitol Police officer.

READ 30 COMMENTS
  • Better get ready says:

    These people need to stop pleading guilty for participating in a protest. Name calling is not a crime. Democrats just want to destroy all the lives of everyone that was at that protest.

  • US Marine says:

    One person died on January 6. Only one ans she was actually murdered by a Capitol Cop. Why do you keep publishing the lie that 5 people died?

  • Karma says:

    Trump needs to pardon all the J6 victims, clear their records, then remove every doj and fbi person involved in this travesty.

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