Klete Keller Avoids Jail Time With 6-Month Home Detention Sentence for Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

by Riley Overend 25

December 02nd, 2023 National, News

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller avoided prison time on Friday after being sentenced to three years of probation and six months of home detention for storming the U.S. Capitol with fellow Donald Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021.

“I stand before you feeling ashamed and profoundly embarrassed,” said Keller, who will also have to perform 360 hours of community service as part of his sentence. He added that he “set a terrible example for young people who looked up to me” and that Jan. 6 was a “terrible day.”

Last month, the U.S. government requested that the District Court of Columbia give Keller a 10-month sentence in federal prison for his involvement in the insurrection over the ratification of Joe Biden‘s presidential election victory — significantly shorter than the sentencing guidelines of 21 to 27 months in similar cases. Prosecutors argued that his punishment should include imprisonment, but they noted that “he has also shown genuine remorse and, more importantly, he has tried to right his wrong for nearly three years.”

In July, Keller had his sentencing hearing postponed for the third time until Dec. 1. His defense argued the delay was warranted due to “the nature of Mr. Keller’s ongoing cooperation… and the potential effect that such cooperation may have on Mr. Keller’s eventual sentence.”

Keller, now 41, was first identified in videos from the insurrection wearing a U.S. Olympic Team jacket. By September of 2021, he reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors for felony obstruction, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

The Jan. 6 Capitol riot resulted in charges being brought against 1,200 people, about 900 of whom have pleaded guilty of been convicted. Sentences have varied from home detention to 22 years in prison.

Keller resigned from his position as a commercial real estate agent at Hoff & Leigh, a real estate agency in Colorado Springs, after news of his presence at the Capitol broke. The agency at the time said in a statement that “Hoff & Leigh supports the right of free speech and lawful protest but we cannot condone actions that violate the rule of law. We pride ourselves on our deeply held core values of family, loyalty, community and stewardship. We continue to stand by these values.”

Keller has since been reinstated as an associated broker at the company.

He admitted to spending “a little less than one hour” inside the Capitol as part of an attempt to stop or delay certification of the electoral college vote for the 2020 election. He also said he took phone photos and videos inside the Capitol, then destroyed the phone, its memory card, and threw away the Team USA jacket within 48 hours. According to his plea, Keller yelled, “F*** Nancy Pelosi!” and “F*** Chuck Schumer!” when he was in the rotunda.

The Capitol riot resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer.

A three-time Olympian, Keller won two gold medals as a member of the American men’s 800-meter freestyle relay team at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. He also picked up a silver in the event at Sydney 2000 in addition to a pair of bronze medals in the 400 free at Sydney 200 and Athens 2004. He competed collegiately at USC for two years from 2000-01 before turning professional. Until 2007, he trained at Michigan’s Club Wolverine under coaches Jon Urbanchek and later Bob Bowman.

James Sutherland contributed to this report.

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Summer Love
2 months ago

I hope he is not going to storm the capitol again when his idol lose in the election

Long Strokes
2 months ago

In Biden we trust!

TheSalmon
2 months ago

How is this dude not in jail😭

Breezeway
2 months ago

Unless he’s the biggest snitch (CI) in the history of the FBI, he needs to be locked up like everyone else. Unless he’s bringing down govt threatening militias, lock him up.

CADWALLADER GANG
2 months ago

american justice system everyone!! where black and brown women get thrown in prison for defending themselves but white traitorous men gets to be sent home with an ankle bracelet :))))))))))

CADWALLADER GANG
Reply to  CADWALLADER GANG
2 months ago

if you downvote this comment i just know it’s bc it hits right at the heart for you and can’t even imagine how cruel this country is :))))

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  CADWALLADER GANG
2 months ago

Happy to know we have so many legal experts on here. If you haven’t been paying attention, there are several people serving serious prison time for Jan 6th. Klete was judged in a court of law, and a sentence has been rendered. Time to move on.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
2 months ago

If we were serious about, y’know, democracy and whatnot* every politician that had anything to do with it would’ve been expelled and also, in jail.

*But we’re not!

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  Steve Nolan
2 months ago

The United States is a Constitutional Republic and everyone is entitled to their day in court, not to the whims of a mob democracy. Thanks for playing though.

CLTS
2 months ago

Yet hardly any sentences for the real riots in the summer of 2020 and for 11/4/20

CLTS
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Disproportionate for the damage it caused.
Regardless both were psy ops that were treated very differently.

Bossanova
Reply to  CLTS
2 months ago

The damage that the January 6th insurrection did to our democracy was far, far worse.

Ga swimmer
Reply to  Bossanova
2 months ago

What damage?!??

Summer Love
Reply to  Ga swimmer
2 months ago

It undermine the pinnacle of US democracy: election.

And right now there are millions and millions of Americans who still think the election was stolen.

HeadTimer
Reply to  CLTS
2 months ago

According to the Christian Science Monitor (7/8/21), 98% of BLM protests (in the US) involved no injuries to police and 96% involved no property damage. In contrast, 100% of January 6th insurrections (in DC) involved injuries to police, damage to property and irreparable damage to democracy as we know it.

Popeye
2 months ago

I still don’t believe that Klete deserves any punishment, but this is better than the alternative. God Bless 🇺🇸 & God Bless THE GREAT Klete Keller, an American hero & patriot!

CLTS
Reply to  Popeye
2 months ago

Until the truth is totally revealed Keller will be regarded as a villain by most in this “community”. However, MP and Lochte were quickly forgiven and elevated back to “hero status”.

Owlmando
Reply to  CLTS
2 months ago

Well they didnt partake in an insurrection so that tracks

Cougarswim
Reply to  Owlmando
2 months ago

Love that this needed to be spelled out here.

YGBSM
Reply to  Popeye
2 months ago

Tin foil hat crowd, unite!

John John
Reply to  Popeye
2 months ago

*rolls eyes*

Noah
2 months ago

NOOOOOOOOO

About Riley Overend

Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …

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