Two-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Klete Keller was indicted on seven different charges on Thursday in connection with his alleged involvement in the riots at the U.S. Capitol last month, according to USA Today.
Keller, per the report, was charged in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia for knowingly and unlawfully entering and remaining in a restricted area, interfering with official government business, engaging in disorderly conduct to disrupt a session of Congress and interfering with law enforcement during a civil disorder, among other things.
Keller was recognized by an FBI agent, who said he identified him due both to his height — Keller is 6-foot-6 — and the Team USA jacket that he wore that day. He also reportedly had numerous social media posts supporting former President Donald Trump, though his accounts have been disabled.
Trump supporters fought back after Capitol Police moved in to retake the Rotunda. pic.twitter.com/4e7mNyqWZy
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 6, 2021
The 38-year-old turned himself into authorities in Colorado nine days after the riots at the Capitol, and was released without bond. Keller, per the Washington Post, could face more than 15 years in prison.
Keller is allegedly one of the countless violent pro-Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to somehow try and overturn the election results. Five people were killed in the attacks, including a police officer, and another 140 officers were injured. The House of Representatives has since impeached Trump for his involvement — which marks his second impeachment. The impeachment trial is currently ongoing in the Senate.
Keller won gold two times in his career, helping Team USA win the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at both the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2008 Games in Beijing alongside Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. He also won bronze twice in the 400-meter freestyle in Athens and at the 2000 Games in Sydney. The 4x200 relay team took silver in Sydney with Keller’s help, too. He retired after the 2008 Games, and had been working as a commercial real estate agent in Colorado.
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