Klete Keller Prepared To Take Plea Deal For Jan. 6 Capitol Charges

Former Olympic swimmer Klete Keller is ready to accept a plea deal for his involvement in the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Scott MacFarlane of NBC4 News in Washington, D.C., reported the news on Wednesday during Keller’s court appearance in D.C., detailing that Keller’s defense lawyer said he is “prepared to go forward” with the plea agreement.

Keller has been debriefed by the feds, per MacFarlane, and has a plea deal in place. However, the Judge reportedly wants to adjust the language in Keller’s current agreement, saying there’s “too much table-setting.”

According to MacFarlane, Keller told the Judge he was not vaccinated for COVID-19, claiming that he had already contracted the virus and didn’t need it. The Judge then told him to “talk to a physician” and “get his situation in order.”

This is an issue because some of the sentencing hearings will occur in-person at a DC court house.

Plea and sentence hearings for those involved in the insurrection of the Capitol will soon be scheduled.

MacFarlane had reported in early August that Keller was nearing a plea deal after initially pleading not guilty to the seven charges he’s facing in federal court.

Keller’s charges include:

  • 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

On January 6th, supporters of President Donald Trumpwho lost the 2020 presidential election, broke into the United States Capitol Building and clashed with police. The riot happened as Congress was tallying electoral votes in last November’s election, in which President-elect Joe Biden defeated Trump.

Multiple people within the swimming community identified Keller in video footage of the mob of people who had broken into the Capitol Rotunda. The 6’6″ Keller stood out in videos due to his height, and because he appears to be wearing his U.S. Olympic gear in the video. Keller represented Team USA in three Olympic Games: 2000, 2004, and 2008.

Keller turned himself in to federal authorities on January 14 after he was first charged.

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Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

what a legend

Snarky
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

Legendary is not how to describe fools.

Chineeese boy
Reply to  Snarky
1 month ago

Unvaccinated = legend

torchbearer
Reply to  Eric the eel > Phelps
1 month ago

The families of the five dead policemen might disagree.

Kachow
1 month ago

Hours staring at a black line can’t be great for anyone’s mental health. Dude seems to need a lot of help.

John
Reply to  Kachow
1 month ago

I don’t think staring at a blank line is the sole or majority reason that anyone storms a capital building…. Easy to blame a black line though.

Kachow
Reply to  John
1 month ago

I was just making a joke 🙂 Dude is an idiot for participating in an insurrection. I also think he has some clear mental issues though and I hope he can get some help in the future. I feel bad for these people because they clearly don’t have any people in their lives that could direct them in a more sensible and positive direction.

I speak from experience
Reply to  Kachow
1 month ago

You can’t tell them anything. They are dug into their reality and it doesn’t seem to matter their education or mental health. They are delusional.

John
Reply to  Kachow
1 month ago

oh.. lol

Bob
Reply to  Kachow
1 month ago

Similar to BLM rioters that’s tore apart the United States for months and stole from business owners in their communities?

Luap
Reply to  Bob
1 month ago

yes- similar to them. Extremes on both sides are dangerous

IU Swammer
Reply to  Luap
1 month ago

Almost as dangerous as false equivalences.

Guerra
1 month ago

After seeing and evaluating the way the country is now being run, I can now fully understand Klete’s frustration and actions on January 6th. Hopefully the judge will show leniency to this courageous man, Olympic hero and American patriot and he won’t have to do prison time. God Bless America and God Bless Klete Keller!

Mike
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

This statement will no doubt go a long way in cementing the opinion most of the commenters here seem to already have about you.

John
Reply to  Mike
1 month ago

you can only put so much lipstick on a pig

UCswim
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

Pound sand

Sam B
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

you are hopeless. But at least facts don’t bother you much

Guerra
Reply to  Sam B
1 month ago

Sam, word to the wise (especially these days)…don’t let the “facts” get in the way of a good story.

Last edited 1 month ago by Guerra
Bossanova
Reply to  Guerra
1 month ago

Guerra says God Bless America and supports insurrection. Guerra hates America.

Sam B
1 month ago

I was all in for him to avoid jail but his anti vax views just proves he is hopeless

WestCoastRefugee
Reply to  Sam B
1 month ago

You do realize that there are actual studies showing higher antibody counts in those that have previously been infected with COVID vs vaccinated individuals, right?

I speak from experience
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
1 month ago

They are not immune to the delta Covid. The vaccine gives them more immunity to the delta virus. It would be like a booster shot in someone who has already had Covid. However the Judge will want him to prove he has had Covid in the first place. The court will not take his “word” that he has had it.

Science
Reply to  I speak from experience
1 month ago

And your point is….

Remember Me?
Reply to  I speak from experience
1 month ago

The studies he mentions specifically state that immunity due to recent infection gives greater protection against the Delta variant than that of the vaccine. Maybe you and Sam B would do well to do some research before dismissing someone outright.

I don’t think someone is crazy for not wanting a vaccine of any kind while they currently have immunity.

Sam B
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
1 month ago

you do realize that scientifically (that thing with studying facts and stuff) what you are saying is pretty baseless and dumb, right?

MikeD
Reply to  Sam B
1 month ago

Have you seen this article: https://www.science.org/content/article/having-sars-cov-2-once-confers-much-greater-immunity-vaccine-vaccination-remains-vital

Based on this study, previous infection provides more immunity than vaccine only if you’ve never been infected. If you’ve been infected, the vaccine provides an additional boost, so there’s still an argument to be made for getting the vaccine. But we he said is backed up by this study.

Based on the study, ranking of immunity:

  1. Previous infection + vaccine
  2. Previous infection
  3. Vaccine only – no previous infection
swimapologist
Reply to  MikeD
1 month ago

This is a fair representation of the best science available right now, which is also pre-booster shot.

And it’s also a really dumb justification for not getting the vaccine, because even for someone who has had a COVID infection previously, the benefits to themselves and others (separately and in aggregate) of layering the vaccine on top of it far outweighs the risks of getitng a vaccine.

swimapologist
Reply to  swimapologist
1 month ago

(Also, an even DUMBER reason to just do stupid s*** trying to get COVID instead of just getting a vaccine).

I speak from experience
Reply to  MikeD
1 month ago

There are millions of people with previous infection that are dead from it.

John
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
1 month ago

I’m going to guess thats grossly misinterpreted or at worst completely fabricated. happy to be proven wrong but seeing as you didn’t back it up… here we are!

byds
Reply to  John
1 month ago

Infection confers far more robust immune response due to presentation of far more diverse epitopes, not just S but N, M,ORF1/2/7ab etc, especially those epitopes that much less evolutionarily pressured. It provides strong, lasting immunological memory via T & B cells; maintenance of high levels of serum Abs is an outdated concept and not how immunological memory is established long term. Neither infection nor vaccine confer sterilizing immunity. This all should be the null hypothesis until statistically rigorous data says otherwise. Also data shows sars-1 infection give decades long immunity, and shares 80% homology with sars-2; and around 40-50% homology with other CoVs.

Start here: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2770758

Then: ‌ ‌ ‌

… Read more »

Steve Nolan

For the sake of your argument, I’ll concede that antibody counts are similar in those that have previously been infected vs those that are simply vaccinated.

The part that you seem to ignore, is that YOU HAVE TO BE INFECTED WITH COVID FIRST your way. Not sure if I need to go through the negative aspects of that – runaway spread of the virus is what’s causing hospitals to fill up right now and people that DON’T have Covid are dying because of it* – but come on, man.

*Not getting vaccinated is killing our troops – https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-us-hospital-icu-bed-shortage-veteran-dies-treatable-illness/

Science
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

What you seem to ignore is we’re talking about specific people and we’re talking about the past tense. He had Covid

I speak from experience
Reply to  Science
1 month ago

What is the proof that he had Covid? I wouldn’t believe a word he says.

Comet
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
1 month ago

Don’t let facts blind the sheep u might actually wake them up

Joel Lin
Reply to  WestCoastRefugee
1 month ago

Regardless of all else he was standing before a federal judge who imparted the importance of showing good civics, following responsible health guidance. Same judge will be sentencing him in a couple weeks. So, a response to that judge going something like a Kansas lyric (if I claim to be a wise man [about vaccines], well it surely means that I don’t know), that…I mean that is a really not good bad answer. It does show a level of vexatious impulses Klete would be best served to get dialed down, if only for a short while. Bottom line is the Jan 6th ones who didn’t assault police or exact any other tangible vandalism are not getting any jail time. Probation… Read more »

Snarky
Reply to  Sam B
1 month ago

He obviously did not study science in college. Or much of anything for that matter.

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve already had COVID-19? – Mayo Clinic

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Sam B
1 month ago

As George Carlin famously said, “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” That half of the country has been on full display for years, gobbling up tens of thousands of lies as if they were candy and ice cream. Keller’s demographic in particular is remarkably gullible and ignorant. Anybody dim and grotesque enough to believe in a fixed election and to attempt a violent insurrection was always a massive favorite to absorb anti-vaccine propaganda and be too petrified to roll up his sleeve for 30 seconds

Science
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 month ago

I researched him when this first came out and I don’t remember anything being published about what his beliefs were. are you just making assumptions like the left loves to do these days?

Blackflag82
1 month ago

Just got my popcorn ready, kickin’ off my shoes, and leaning back…let the comments party begin!!!

Scotty P
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

I feel like common sense should say “Just don’t storm the capitol.”
We seem to be missing a lot of it these days.
I actually have little faith in humans as a whole.

Little faith but no ragrets.

Science
Reply to  Scotty P
1 month ago

If that’s your idea of storming the Capitol, what he did, then I’m betting your nickname in high school was flash and they called you flash because you were the slowest person in gym class. I think you’re just jealous and probably can’t even swim

Time For Barta To Go
Reply to  Science
1 month ago

I’m sure that’s it. The truckload of charges from the federal government were driven by petty jealousy of Klete’s athletic skills. Got it.

Swammer
Reply to  Blackflag82
1 month ago

Glad I’m not the only one lol…

Alex Dragovich
1 month ago

Not surprising at all. The sense of entitlement that lead him to break into the US Capitol without expectation of hard consequences meshes well with the willful ignorance & selfishness his stance on vaccination shows.

Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
1 month ago

Which current members of the U.S. Olympic or National Swim Team do you think will be next to foment an insurrection? This question is only partly rhetorical, as I’d love if people had some less obvious predictions.

John
Reply to  Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
1 month ago

Klete is hopefully the first and last

Science
Reply to  John
1 month ago

So you thought that comment warranted a response?

Sam B
Reply to  Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
1 month ago

“very clever” MA teasing

Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
Reply to  Sam B
1 month ago

I can’t be the only one thinking it after all the videos of his family at anti-lockdown “freedom” protests.

SCCOACH
Reply to  Gulliver’s Swimming Travels
1 month ago

Zach Harting

In his batman costume

Snarky
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

Except Zach will be on the right side of history!

Joel Lin
1 month ago

Sad to see Klete all pickled out by copious amounts of television & talk radio hooliganism. Because that’s what it is. I feel particularly sad for his family & loved ones. The younger jovial Klete was a bright light in the world. It’s terribly sad to see what happened to him over time.

PowerPlay
Reply to  Joel Lin
1 month ago

I agree it’s sad, but I don’t think “it happened to him”. I think he made some big mistakes and is paying the price. He’s fortunate to get off with a plea deal. In the grand scheme of things, how fast you can swim 400 meters really doesn’t matter much.

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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