Klete Keller Pleads Guilty to Felony Charge In Connection With Capitol Riot

Torrey Hart
by Torrey Hart 146

September 29th, 2021 National, News

Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding on Wednesday as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, NBC News reported.

The felony charge carries a maximum sentencing of 20 years, though Keller will likely receive far less time.

The 6-foot-6 Keller, a three-time Olympian and five-time medalist in swimming, was identified in pictures and video inside the Capitol wearing his United States Olympic Team jacket. Keller originally pleaded not guilty to the seven charges he faced, including:

  • Civil disorder
  • Obstruction of an official proceeding, and aiding and abetting
  • Entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds
  • Disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds
  • Impeding passage through the Capitol Grounds or buildings
  • Parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building

Keller and his attorney, Edward McMahon, did not take questions or provide comment when arriving at court or when leaving, per WSUA9’s Eric Flack. MacMahon reportedly told the judge that Keller “is trying to make amends for his terrible mistake” and “wants to start his life over.”

The 39-year-old Keller 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 Presidential 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.

After he was first charged, Keller turned himself in to federal authorities on Jan. 14. He initially pleaded not guilty to all seven charges.

Keller’s sentencing range is 21-27 months, the judge reportedly said, but the court still has to form an independent evaluation, so that could change. As part of the deal, Keller will cooperate with investigators until his sentencing in return for dropping his six other charges, and potentially a lighter sentence.

Click here to view Keller’s signed plea agreement and here to view his signed statement of offense.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 600 individuals have been arrested in connection with the riot.

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Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
2 months ago

Comments are about to be super civilized and respectful aren’t they

Lauren H

Politics in the SwamSwam comments is alot

Last edited 2 months ago by Lauren H
Joel Lin

I just hope his family, his ex & their kids, are going to be ok. His sister, other family too.

2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

Hope he can turn his life around and learn to make better decisions. All Americans on both sides need to chill a little. Be passionate, and work for your causes. Just know the other side is not always an enemy. A little less cable TV is good for everybody.

SCCOACH
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

You can call it sides, but fact of the matter is he joined an angry mob to attack our nation’s capitol building where elected officials work. He’s a trader to our country. No compassion from me.

Last edited 2 months ago by SCCOACH
bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  SCCOACH
2 months ago

There were angry mobs all summer 2020, stop thinking one side is all good and the other is bad. No one is inherently good and no one is inherently evil.

SCCOACH
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
2 months ago

Yeah I think I’m going with the one that attacked our nation’s capitol as the one that’s bad, but think what you want

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
2 months ago

You’re really going to compare BLM with this act of terrorism

Two completely different things, one over racism and one over a president losing fair and square

Last edited 2 months ago by Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
bobthebuilderrocks

hahaha.

bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
2 months ago

I don’t think either of these instances were appropriate reactions to the events that caused the violence to happen. It’s extremists on both sides that make politics so repugnant in this country.

Bossanova
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
2 months ago

Sad that opposing racism is considered an extremist position.

Bobthebuilderrocks
Reply to  Bossanova
2 months ago

Opposing racism? You ever hear of David Dorn?

CollegeSwammer
Reply to  Bossanova
2 months ago

Opposing racism and looting and burning down people’s businesses are two very different things. Parts of the BLM protests were great and productive. Parts were criminal and shouldn’t be associated with BLM or opposing racism.

Carolyn Binder
Reply to  Bossanova
2 months ago

Opposing it for sure, but the violence was the problem. And the punishment for the left appears far less severe.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
2 months ago

Yes but one instance was much more justifiable than the other

Not to mention that a good portion of BLM protests were peaceful demonstrations (notice how I said good portion and not ALL so don’t come for me about rioting)

Old Retired Guy

NO..!! Vast numbers of “instances of lawlessness” (far different than “one instance”), were NOT more justifiable than was the ONE January 6th instance. NONE OF THEM were justifiable. So you can drop the faux SJW outrage and grow up.

You’d better catch up with the history of the United States since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and subsequent Acts that have been addressing racial and other issues of inequity, and quite acting like a brainwashed simpleton who can’t think for themselves.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

Mate anti-racism laws doesn’t mean that racism just magically disappears

Also considering that your username is “old retired guy” I really don’t think it’s worth my time to argue with old men about politics on a swimming website

Old Retired Guy

LOL. No, of course you don’t want to be schooled by older men about politics on a swimming website. You want to begin comments by snarking about how the comments will surely be “super-civilized and respectful”, then you go on to be sure that you make uncivilized and disrespectful comments, while talking down to individuals who are at worst your equals, and most probably your superiors when it comes to conceptualizing and thinking.

So, by all means, don’t let it be worth your time to argue with me. I’d far prefer your silence to your ignorant opining.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

Idk about you but personally I don’t think screaming at me about how I’m a SJW and a “brainwashed liberal” is exactly civilized either

Old Retired Guy

Darn. Ya got me there…

Snarky
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

From all the down vote Old and in the Way Guy is getting I think he’s the only one getting “schooled”!

Oldmanswimmer
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

Dude, you are so out of touch with reality. Fascism is really unattractive on you.
Try reading balanced sources such as the Wall Street Journal or NPR.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Oldmanswimmer
2 months ago

Dude, YOU are so far out to lunch…… blah, blah blah. Go Godwin someone else. You’re bad at this sport. (You DO know what Godwinning is, right? In your case, I’d be doubtful, at best. Essentially, it means that you immediately lose the debate, which you have, in fact, done here)

UCswim
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

Ok, boomer

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  UCswim
2 months ago

You got it, Son.

Oldmanswimmer
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

I know I cannot “win” an argument with someone like you, sir, but I feel I have to at least inform others who may read your comment about what you are referring to. Godwinning, as you call it, is an adage coined in 1990 by Mike Godwin and is essentially an observation that the longer a discussion forum goes on, the greater the likelihood that someone will make a Nazi or Fascist analogy. It has been adopted by right wing extremists who espouse those beliefs as a way to turn a truthful observation into a losing point by saying that the observation is inevitable. However, Mike Godwin himself has said that when the observation is thoughtful and based on facts,… Read more »

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Oldmanswimmer
2 months ago

Well, long story short, you are incorrect, and privileged, according to your own declarations, almost beyond belief. The “fascist” term, in this thread, was brought up without ANY prior investigation or verification of the actual situation, making your sophomoric recitation of Godwin’s explanations moot. You actually know this, despite your clever concealing of this fact.
I could certainly survive and thrive in your world, whereas I seriously doubt that you could have survived what I have had to endure in my world.
I personally did NOT bring up BLM during this discussion. One of the leftwing commentators, whom you are blithely giving cover to, grossly veered off topic in order to wield the “BLM” term. Re-read the thread,… Read more »

Oldmanswimmer
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

Oh, I’m sorry, I guess the fact that I’m a minority would be lost on you huh? And I used the term fascist to describe your language and attacking of protesters, something very popular with fascists because they want everyone to agree with them and “behave.” Your situation is irrelevant. We’re wasting space so I’ll stop here.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Oldmanswimmer
2 months ago

Attacking protestors, eh? Just like what this whole board, including you, apparently, has been doing ever since Jan 6. Your situation is also irrelevant. And yes, we are wasting time, and space (so many kilobytes. My God). I’ll stop here, too.

Hillbilly
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

BLM is a global movement that has encompassed over 50 countries. So if BLM really was what you and every Fox News watcher, thinks it is. Shouldn’t 25% of the world be an unrecognizable hellscape?

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Hillbilly
2 months ago

.

Last edited 2 months ago by Old Retired Guy
Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Hillbilly
2 months ago

“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” she said, referring to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza. “We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,” Cullors added in the interview with Jared Ball of The Real News Network.”
~~ Patrisse Cullors —– BLM Co-Founder
https://nypost.com/2020/06/25/blm-co-founder-describes-herself-as-trained-marxist/

So, yeah, BLM is a Marxist movement.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

Yeah and Marxism owns.

Her book was really good, I’ll send you a copy if you want. “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir”

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Steve Nolan
2 months ago

“Yeah and Marxism owns.”???? Owns what, exactly? And no, her book wasn’t/isn’t really good. It was/is propaganda junk, just like the movement that she assisted in spawning. Now, I know that we can’t speak down to tater tots in this household (I digress), but neither can we pretend that real history isn’t real history, and that lesbian communists aren’t really lesbian communists. So think on that for a bit… and while you’re thinking on that, think also about who *actually* wrote those memoirs, and why those “memoirs” were actually damage/image control, and not factual, except in addressing a small number of the slightest truths of her objective life. Collectively, I am amazed at the vast numbers of Americans who can’t… Read more »

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

This…sure is something. I’m bored. Let’s take a ride!

“Yeah and Marxism owns.”???? Owns what, exactly?

The means of production! A-cha-cha-cha, I’ll play myself out; please tip your waiters.

And no, her book wasn’t/isn’t really good. It was/is propaganda junk, just like the movement that she assisted in spawning.

So you read it! That’s pretty open-minded of you, and saves me the postage. Excellent.

Now, I know that we can’t speak down to tater tots in this household (I digress), but neither can we pretend that real history isn’t real history, and that lesbian communists aren’t really lesbian communists.

Tat…tater tots? Aside from the delicious potato-y treat I have not heard that term used to… Read more »

Mclovin
Reply to  Hillbilly
2 months ago

Dude, dont give BLM the relevance It clearly doesnt have. Here in Spain we dont care about it, as in most of Europe

Hillbilly
Reply to  Mclovin
2 months ago
Bobthebuilderrocks

People lost their lives during those peaceful demonstrations. I don’t think death is justifiable in this instance.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Bobthebuilderrocks
2 months ago

I’m not saying that the deaths caused by the protests were justified, I’m saying that the motivations behind the BLM protests (fighting racism) were, while the motivations of people like Klete Keller werent (trying to overthrow the Capitol)

Old Retired Guy

BLM is FAR more about “fighting” capitalism than it is about fighting racism, Mate.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

Uhh. Fellow old fart. Can we get back to Klete? It’s hard to stay on topic at our age.

Sam B
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

I thought BLM was about giving your people a cause to buy blue lives matters flags, go to the Capitol and beat up cops with it

Irish Ringer
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
2 months ago

Yeah, I don’t understand why the elected officials are better than the average citizen or small business owner? If violence against one is wrong the other is wrong.

Carolyn Binder
Reply to  bobthebuilderrocks
2 months ago

This comment goes along with my view that “the right thinks the left are regular people with bad ideas and the left thinks the right are evil people with bad ideas. Until the left sees us as all human with good or bad ideas bad stuff is going to happen. Klet was wrong but his sentencing possibilities were way overblown, IMHO.

gordon gekko
Reply to  SCCOACH
2 months ago

Does he have any good stock picks?

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  SCCOACH
2 months ago

“trader”? Really?

SCCOACH
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

Yes. Please explain to me what they were trying to do “old retired guy” and how it doesn’t make this mob traders to our country.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  SCCOACH
2 months ago

I stand, ahem, “corrected”.

Guerra
Reply to  SCCOACH
2 months ago

Come on…. That’s a little harsh.

Snarky
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

Yeah. At 39 he’s still a kid making kid decisions.

Oldmanswimmer
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

Your use of a false equivalency is why you’re getting the negative reactions. You’re right that the other side is not always the enemy but the circumstances are not the same. Context matters and what he did was treasonous.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Oldmanswimmer
2 months ago

What Keller did was NOT treasonous. And you are denying equivalencies with the best of them. This is why you’re getting the negative reactions. Context does matter:

“The first thing, I think, is that we actually do have an ideological frame. Myself and Alicia in particular are trained organizers,” she said, referring to BLM co-founder Alicia Garza. “We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think that what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many, many black folk,” Cullors added in the interview with Jared Ball of The Real News Network.”
~~ Patrisse Cullors —– BLM Co-Founder

… Read more »

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Oldmanswimmer
2 months ago

““We are trained Marxists. We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. ”

~~ Patrisse Cullors –BLM Co-Founder

Is the U.S. now a Marxist country? I’ll answer that question. No, it’s not. Stuff is starting to disappear in this thread, due to censoring deletions. I just want YOU to be sure that I may be leaving some venues, but the revulsion to Marxism that the vast majority of Americans feel, will not be going anywhere, anytime soon.

But I guess you shouldn’t use false equivalencies, right?

Dressel_42.8
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

^ This gotta be some ML algorithm spewing out random phrases right? No way this a real dude.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Dressel_42.8
2 months ago

Are you answering me to talk about the guy above me? Or are you answering me to question whether or not I am really typing these answers? Before I go any further, I’ll wait on your answer. No need to unnecessarily aggravate anybody, ya’know?

Remember Me?
Reply to  Oldmanswimmer
2 months ago

Did you have any thoughts when the “other side” tried burning down a Federal courthouse with people inside?

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

Anyone in or near a courthouse is classified as an Enemy Combatant, they should’ve known better

Oldmanswimmer
Reply to  Remember Me?
2 months ago

Utterly illegal and should be punished. Help me out here, what does that have to do with Klete Keller and the Jan 6 event?

Remember Me?
Reply to  Oldmanswimmer
2 months ago

You said the context was not the same between both sides. Considering what BLM and ANTIFA did the whole summer of 2020 was significantly worse than Jan 6, 2021 what are you going to call that?

Jaguar
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

Did you get your talking points from Donnie. Good people on both sides??

katie’s gator arc
2 months ago

L BOZO!!!

BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

>threw away the Team USA jacket
Did he really think this was going to help him avoid arrest?

Sun Yangs Hammer
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

I don’t reckon much thinking took place

Steve Nolan
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

I mean that’s the usual move you see in movies when people Do Crimes – gotta destroy my phone, get rid of my clothes, also start or stop wearing a hat, all the basics.

Unfortunately for Klete, everyone else with him Doing Crimes was livestreaming at the time, so. Normal rules didn’t help much.

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Hillbilly
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

I take it as more of an act of symbolism. He realized that he was a terrorist and he needed to throw away his USA gear because he doesn’t love or respect this country. USA Swimming should do whatever they can to erase this criminal from their history.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Hillbilly
2 months ago

“He realized that he was a terrorist” LOL

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

Ah yes, everyone there that day left saying to themselves:
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BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Hillbilly
2 months ago

>erase this criminal from their history
But do we really want to do that though? I don’t think his accomplishments in the pool can or should be wiped out. We’ve already had more than our fair share of sports heros whose lives outside the sport brought shame, shunning or legal consequences. I can think of Pete Rose, O J Simpson, Ty Cobb, Aaron Hernandez, and I’m sure many more 16 minutes after I post this. I think we’re fooling ourselves if we thinking wiping out the memory of their atheltic accomplishments will somehow make the rest of us better. People can always learn about the stories behind the athletes and judge for themselves.
I found the statement that… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by BearlyBreathing
Hillbilly
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

Do we really want to do that? Hell yes we do. The justice system is going to let him off easy because of his white privilege. USA swimming can make a big statement by erasing this thug from its history

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Hillbilly
2 months ago

Just remember. Singular “you” is not plural “we”. You seem to think that you speak for everyone on this board. You don’t.

Hillbilly
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
2 months ago

You see that MAGA throw a molotov into the Democrat center in Austin? And trash like you supports these TERRORISTS.

Sapnu puas
2 months ago

So embarrazzzzing

Lpman
2 months ago

At least he is going to jail for a good cause…oh wait…nevermind

Snarky
2 months ago

Lock him up!

BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

I wonder if he got vaccinated like the judge asked him to.

Taa
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
2 months ago

I am going to guess that would be a “hell no”. Big overreach for a judge to mandate medical procedures. What if a judge ordered a rape victim to carry her fetus to a full term or the opposite insisted she had an abortion.

CollegeSwammer
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

I guess you haven’t visited Texas lately… :/

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

I get your point but getting vaccinated and abortion are two very different issues that have very different consequences

Steve Nolan

But the fact remains, everyone should at least get two shots of both.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Steve Nolan
2 months ago

The third shot’s not too bad.

Ol' Longhorn

A court ordered doctors to give the horse dewormer to a (unvaccinated of course) COVID patient. I think you have too much faith in judges.

Remember Me?
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

Make sure you stay away from NSAIDs.. I wouldn’t want you to take the stuff they give dogs for pain!

Snarky
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

You must be a Texas legislator!

About Torrey Hart

Torrey Hart

Torrey is from Oakland, CA, and majored in media studies and American studies at Claremont McKenna College, where she swam distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team. Outside of SwimSwam, she has bylines at Sports Illustrated, Yahoo Sports, SB Nation, and The Student Life newspaper.

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