WASHINGTON (AP) — Five-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller has pleaded guilty to a felony charge for storming the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot.
For one charge of obstruction of an official proceeding, the 39 year-old man will spend 21 to 27 months prison. In return for his plea, NBC News reports that the government dropped one other felony charge and five misdemeanor counts.
Prosecutors asked the judge in this case to postpone sentencing. They claimed that Keller has agreed to cooperate on their Capitol riot investigation.
Keller acknowledged in court records that he tried to obstruct Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, brushed away officers who tried to remove him from the Capitol Rotunda and yelled profane comments about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as he stood near officers wearing riot gear.
Keller also admitted to throwing away the jacket belonging to the U.S. Olympic team that he wore during the Riot.
In a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times, USA Swimming said Keller’s actions “in no way represent” its values or mission. The organization also noted that he hadn’t competed with them since 2008.