Klete Keller pleads guilty to felony in the Capitol riot
Former Olympic swimming gold medalist Klete Keller pleaded guilty on a charge of obstruction Following the Capitol riot on Wednesday, according to Eric Flack of WUSA 9 in Washington, DC Keller admitted to obstructing a formal process, a felony charge.
Keller faced seven counts. He pleaded guilty to the second count. Since obstructing formal proceedings is a felony charge, Keller should be sentenced to jail.
The charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison. Keller will likely receive fewer years. There is “no parole in the federal penal system,” according to Flack, which means Keller will have to serve a sentence.
The judge reportedly informed Keller that he could receive 21 to 27 months. This deadline is not official. The court has yet to conduct an independent assessment.
Klete Keller blocked the police and refused to leave the Capitol
Keller admitted to blocking police and refusing to leave the Capitol on January 6. He said he yelled obscenities at Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer while in the building.
Keller destroyed the phone and memory card he used to take photos and videos on the Capitol. Keller said he threw the olympic jacket that he wore during the riot. Keller was identified in the videos by his jacket.
Keller expressed remorse for his actions, telling the judge he was “trying to be forgiven” for storming the Capitol on January 6.
Keller won gold medals in the 400-meter freestyle and the 4 × 200-meter freestyle relay at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.