Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Former Olympic swimmer pleads guilty to Capitol riot allegations

29 September (WNN) — Former US Olympic gold medal swimmer Clayte Keller pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges related to her appearance in the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

Keller, 39, pleaded guilty to a single charge of obstructing government proceedings, in return for public prosecutors agreeing to drop another felony charge and five misdemeanor counts.

The charge of obstructing carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, however, sentencing guidelines call for a range of 21 months to 27 months.

Keller’s attorney, Edward McMahon, told US District Court Judge Richard J. Leon that Keller is embarrassed and “trying to correct his terrible mistake,” because he “wants to start his own life.”

No sentencing hearing was scheduled; Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Edwards Jr. asked the judge to give Keller enough time because he agreed to cooperate with his ongoing investigation into the Capitol riot cases and that he could be called to testify in related court proceedings.

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Lyons said that Keller’s sentence could be reduced or increased depending on the extent of his cooperation.

Leon said, “You are facing the prospect of imprisonment. You have to be careful in your conduct.” “The last thing you need is to come back here [a hearing of violation]. This court is retarded about the violations committed under its supervision.”

According to court documents, an FBI agent was able to identify Keller as 6-foot-6 inches from video during the riots because of his height and the Team USA jacket he also wore at the Capitol.

Edwards provided detailed evidence that Keller spent nearly an hour inside the Capitol shouting obscenities related to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., and House Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y. Edwards said that Keller once pulled his elbow away from a police officer who attempted to remove him and others from the building.


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