Klete Keller Sentenced to Six Months Home Detention, Three Years Probation for Role in January 6 Insurrection

Klete Keller
Klete Keller -- Photo Courtesy: Bill Collins / Swimming World Archive

Klete Keller Sentenced to Six Months Home Detention, Three Years Probation for Role in January 6 Insurrection

Almost three years after Klete Keller participated in the January 6, 2021 insurrection protesting the results of the previous Presidential election, a judge has sentenced Keller to six months of home detention plus three years probation for his role within the mob and entering the U.S. Capitol. Keller, a U.S. Olympic swimmer in 2000, 2004 and 2008 and a five-time medalist, avoided jail time.

According to the Associated Press, judge Richard Leon announced the sentence for Keller, which includes 360 hours of community service (10 hours per month during his probation). Prosecutors had asked for a 10-month prison sentence, but Leon opted against that sentence, directing Keller to spend his probation time “speaking to teenagers and college students about his mistakes,” according to the AP. “If there ever was a case that screams out for probation, this is it, Leon said.

Keller pleaded guilty to obstruction of Congress in 2021 as one of the first Jan. 6 defendants to cooperate with federal agents, and the 41-year-old has expressed remorse for his actions. “I have no excuse for why I am in front of you today,” Keller said, per the AP. “I understand my actions were criminal and that I am fully responsible for my conduct.”

Prosecutors noted how Keller had brought shame to the U.S. Olympic team jacket, decorated with an American flag and a “USA logo,” that he wore to the Capitol on Jan. 6. After wearing the apparel while committing a federal crime, Keller threw away the jacket and smashed his cell phone. But after surrendering to prosecutors one week after the insurrection, Keller has cooperated fully with authorities. The Associated Press report on Keller’s sentencing noted that Keller’s early guilty plea “undoubtedly reached thousands of others weighing whether to turn themselves in, plead guilty, or even cooperate.”

Read the full report from the Associated Press here.

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Sir Big Bod
Sir Big Bod
3 months ago

This glows more than a poptart in a nuclear reactor.

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