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Former U.S. swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Klete Keller pleaded guilty Wednesday to one of the seven charges he faced in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
As part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Keller acknowledged unlawfully entering the U.S. Capitol and pleaded guilty to one felony count of obstruction of an official proceeding. The 39-year-old also offered to cooperate with investigators in exchange for the dismissal of the remaining charges.
U.S. District Court judge Richard Leon did not immediately set a date for Keller's sentencing hearing, but the former Olympian is likely to serve prison time. The sentencing guidelines range for the obstruction charge is 21 to 27 months.
Keller's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 16. His attorney did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.
A five-time Olympic medalist in three appearances with Team USA, Keller is one of more than 600 people who have been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot, which left 140 police officers injured.
Federal authorities identified Keller in photos and video of the crowd because of his height – Keller is 6 feet 6 – and the Team USA jacket that he was wearing.
"(Keller) 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," an FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint.
As part of his plea agreement, Keller admitted to spending a little less than one hour inside the Capitol with the intent of "stopping or delaying" Congress' certification of the Electoral College vote. He also confirmed that he yelled "(expletive) Nancy Pelosi!" and "(expletive) Chuck Schumer!" while inside, and avoided the attempts of law enforcement officers to escort him out of the building.
Additionally, Keller acknowledged taking pictures and video while inside the Capitol, then destroying the phone and memory card that contained those materials within the subsequent 48 hours. He also said he threw away the Team USA jacket.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Klete Keller, ex-Olympic swimmer, pleads guilty in Capitol riot case