Swimming gold winner Klete Keller receives 6 months home detention for Jan. 6 Capitol incident.

Washington (AP)— Olympic gold medalist swimmer Klete Keller, who tossed his USA team jacket in a garbage can after storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was sentenced to six months of house detention on Friday.

Keller, who was 6-foot-6, towered over Capitol police and other Trump supporters who broke in. Authorities instantly identified him. He was one of the first rioters to openly collaborate with Capitol attack investigators after pleading guilty to a crime in 2021.

Keller led obscene shouts at congressional Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on video. He sang the national anthem with rioters in the Capitol area. Authorities said he ripped an elbow and shook off a police officer to resist removal from the Capitol.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon sentenced Keller to three years of probation, six months of home detention, and 360 hours of community service at 10 hours per month while under court supervision.

Keller said the judge his Jan. 6 actions frightened legislators and hindered police work.

He continued, “I have no excuse for why I am in front of you today. "I know my actions were criminal and that I'm accountable."

The prosecution, Troy Edwards Jr., requested a 10-month sentence for Keller. Federal sentence guidelines recommended 15–21 months in jail.

The court decided Keller should talk to teens and college students about his mistakes and how to prevent them rather than serve time in prison.

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