Former Olympic swimmer Klete Keller has pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding during the Capitol Hill Riots on January 6. As a result, Keller faces up to 20 years in prison. However, he is expected to serve less than two years because he lacks any prior criminal history.
The former Olympian was arrested in January after his teammates noticed him in a video taken by a reporter that was present at the riots on January 6. According to court documents obtained by The Hill, the swimmer was in the Capitol building for more than an hour taking pictures and recording the actions of others. Most notably, Keller recorded a group of officers attempting to stop a crowd near the Ohio Clock Room hallway.
“F*ck Nancy Pelosi. F*ck Chuck Schumer,” Keller said in one video, according to a plea agreement.
Keller’s legal battle is not complete just yet. The five-time medalist has also been charged with the following crimes:
- Civil disorder
- Impeding passage through the Capitol grounds or buildings
- Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a Capitol building
The Olympic swimmer has not entered a plea regarding these crimes.
ALERT: Former US Olympic swimmer Klete Keller has just pleaded guilty to one *felony* count of "Obstructing an official proceeding"
Sentencing guidelines range: 21-27 months
Prior defendant to take this plea got 8 months prison time pic.twitter.com/oYwl7dDWmr
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