Klete Keller Turns Himself In to Authorities Amidst Federal Charges

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Olympic swimmer Klete Keller has turned himself into authorities, multiple news outlets have reported, after facing federal charges stemming from the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

He faces up to five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine, for his felony charge, and up to one year and six months for the two misdemeanors, respectively, in addition to another quarter million fine attached to each. Keller’s court hearing also noted that he could face additional charges from a grand jury, according to CBS Sports.

As previously reported, an FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint that he was able to identify the 6-foot-6 Keller, noting the Team USA jacket that Keller, a three-time Olympian, wore during the riot.

“PERSON 1 can be seen standing in the Rotunda still wearing the dark colored USA jacket, which also appears to bear a Nike logo on the front right side and a red and white Olympic patch on the front left side,” the agent wrote in the complaint.

Video from the incident appears to show Keller, wearing a U.S. Olympic team jacket inside the Capitol as the incident escalated. Swimming World earlier confirmed with sources that Keller was seen at the Capitol.

The affidavit charges probable cause that Keller violated statues that make it illegal to “1) knowingly enter or remain in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so; and (2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions; or attempt or conspire to do so.”

Other allegations from the affidavit include to “willfully and knowingly (D) utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place in the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress or either House of Congress, or the orderly conduct in that building of a hearing before, or any deliberations of, a committee of Congress or either House of Congress; (E) obstruct, or impede passage through or within, the Grounds or any of the Capitol Buildings; and (G) parade, demonstrate, or picket in any of the Capitol Buildings.”

The video does not show any violence on the part of Keller, though he is inside the building and part of what President Elect Joe Biden called an insurrection by supporters of ousted President Donald Trump.

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