A former swimmer and Olympic gold winner for the United States pleaded guilty to one count of felony obstruction of official proceedings on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 for the assault last January. Capital in WashingtonDue to which five people died.
As part of an agreement between your defense and prosecutors, clette keller He pleaded guilty to one of seven charges against him during a trial before Federal Judge Richard Lyons for the District of Columbia (where Washington is located).
In addition, Keller agreed to cooperate with the Justice Department, including testifying at other trials and potentially participating in undercover police activity, in exchange for the other charges being dropped.
A charge of obstructing an official process can carry up to 20 years in prison, but sentencing guidelines establish a sentence of between 21 and 27 months.
Keller, who won a total of two gold medals and a total of five during his appearance at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing, was identified by former teammates and coaches among a group of supporters of now former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) Was. At the Capitol, while a session was being held to certify the November 2020 election results, in which the current president, Joe Biden, prevailed.
The former swimmer was seen in a video posted to the network wearing a jacket that had an Olympic team patch and the name “United States” printed on the sleeves and back.
During the hearing, Assistant United States Attorney Troy A. Edwards asked the judge for time to allow Keller to cooperate, who answered a series of yes and no questions about the charges and the terms of his settlement. Didn’t talk except to understand.
Ultimately, no sentencing hearing was scheduled and, according to the federal prosecutor, the decision would depend on the extent of Keller’s cooperation.
Judge Lyons speculated that, despite federal sentencing guidelines, the court would conduct an “independent evaluation.”
With information from EFE
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