5-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller (pictured in his mugshot) is now going through seven costs for his position within the Capitol riots
5-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller is now going through seven costs for his position within the January 6 Capitol riots after a grand jury added 4 extra counts in a brand new indictment.
Keller, 38, was arrested final month after a number of individuals contacted the FBI and recognized him as the person who was filmed storming the Capitol whereas sporting a particular ‘Group USA’ jacket.
The unique prison criticism laid out three misdemeanor counts: violent entry; obstructing legislation enforcement; and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
The swimmer was slapped with 4 extra costs in an indictment launched Wednesday, together with: civil dysfunction; obstructing an official continuing; impeding passage via the Capitol Grounds or buildings; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol constructing.
Keller faces a most sentence of almost 30 years if convicted of the brand new costs.
Keller, 38, was arrested final month after a number of individuals contacted the FBI and recognized him as the person who was filmed storming the Capitol whereas sporting a particular ‘Group USA’ jacket
A grand jury slapped Keller with 4 extra costs in an indictment launched on Wednesday. The swimmer is pictured on the Beijing Olympic Video games in 2008
Keller was launched from federal custody after his arraignment on January 14 in Denver, the place he lives.
On the insistence of prosecutors, Justice of the Peace Decide Michael E Hegarty barred Keller from returning to Washington till January 21, after Joe Biden’s inauguration.
After that, the choose mentioned Keller might journey to Washington for court docket appearances and to satisfy along with his legal professionals, however he should ask for permission for future visits to see his youngsters in North Carolina after a visit already scheduled for this weekend.
Keller didn’t need to pay cash to be launched however promised to seem at future court docket hearings and adjust to different commonplace situations, together with not possessing firearms.
Charging paperwork featured photographs of Keller contained in the Capitol on January 6, when a mob of Donald Trump supporters stormed the constructing in a bid to dam Congress from certifying Biden’s election victory.
Among the photographs had been screenshots from footage taken by Townhall reporter Julio Rosas, which confirmed 6’6″ Keller towering over the others tussling with riot police beneath the Capitol Rotunda, along with his Group USA swimming jacket in clear view.
No less than a dozen individuals inside the skilled swimming world recognized Keller as the person within the video, SwimSwam reported.
Keller was launched from federal custody after his arraignment on January 14 in Denver, the place he lives. He’s pictured in a court docket sketch from a listening to on January 22
Footage taken by Townhall reporter Julio Rosas confirmed 6’6″ Keller towering over the others tussling with riot police beneath the Capitol Rotunda
Keller’s Group USA swimming jacket was in clear view within the footage included in his indictment
Keller competed within the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer time Olympics, capturing two gold medals and one silver as a member of the 800-meter freestyle relay with Michael Phelps, in addition to a pair of particular person bronzes within the 400 free.
Keller held off Australian nice Ian Thorpe on the anchor leg of the 4x200m freestyle relay on the 2004 Athens Video games to win gold for america.
He additionally set the American report for the 400m freestyle in 2004 and the world report for the 800m relay in 2007. Each information have since been damaged.
Keller is pictured gathering his bronze medal for the 400m freestyle on the 2004 Olympics
(L-R) Keller, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Peter Vanderkaay of the USA pose following victory and a brand new world report within the Males’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Last throughout the XII FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee denounced the riots in a press release final month amid allegations Keller was concerned.
‘First off, I strongly condemn the actions of the rioters on the U.S. Capitol. They don’t symbolize the values of america of America or of Group USA,’ USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland mentioned.
The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee denounced the riots in a press release final month amid allegations Keller was concerned
‘At house, and all over the world, Group USA athletes are held to a really excessive commonplace as they symbolize our nation on the sector of play and off. What occurred in Washington, D.C., was a case the place that commonplace was clearly not met.
‘The individuals concerned attacked the very cloth of the democracy all of us proudly symbolize and, in flip, additionally let our group down. I urge everybody related to Group USA to proceed to have fun our variety of background and beliefs, stand collectively in opposition to hatred and divisiveness, and use our affect to create optimistic change in our group,’ she added.
Keller resigned from his job as an actual property dealer within the wake of his indictment, SwimSwam reported.
Greater than 180 individuals have been arrested in reference to the riots, which led to the deaths of 5 individuals. The FBI continues to be looking for details about different members over a month later.
Former President Trump is presently on trial within the Senate after the Home impeached him on a cost for inciting the rebel, after many members mentioned they went to the Capitol at his instruction.
Keller of the US stands along with his gold medal after the lads’s 200m freestyle occasion on the Pan Pacific 2006 swimming championships in Victoria, Canada, in August 2006