Olympian Klete Keller Pleads Guilty To Capitol Riot Charge

A three-time Olympian from the United States, Klete Keller, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a felony charge related to his role in storming the Capitol on January 6 this year.

Keller faced seven charges, but as part of a bargain with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to one of the charges in United States District Court in Washington of unlawful entrance into a federal building and one felony of obstructing official proceedings before Congress, the New York Times reported. As part of the agreement, Keller promised to help law enforcement with any continuing investigation into the attack on the Capitol while the other charges were dismissed as a part of a plea agreement.

According to media reports, more than 600 people have been arrested in relation to the Capitol riots.

According to his plea, the olympian spent about an hour in the Capitol building on January 6 during which expletives about Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, and Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader; took photographs and video; and “jerked his elbow” to avoid law enforcement officers who were trying to remove him from the building, according to the plea. He later destroyed the phone and a memory card he had with him, according to the plea, and threw away the jacket that had made him so recognizable.

The charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, but the first Capitol rioter to plead guilty to the same charge was sentenced to eight months, the NY Times reported.

The 39-year-old was a freestyle swimmer who competed in 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympics. He won five medals overall, including two golds in relay races, most memorably in Athens in 2004.

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