Former GOP Candidate Pleads GUILTY

On Thursday morning, Ryan Kelley, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate from Michigan pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his involvement in January 6th.

According to court documents, Kelley pleaded guilty to entering and remaining on restricted building or grounds which could carry with it a sentence of up to six months in prison if convicted.

As part of his plea deal three other charges he was facing – disorderly conduct within a restricted building or grounds, knowingly engaging in any act of physical violence against persons or property within any such restricted areas and willful destruction of property – will be dropped by prosecutors as part of accepting his guilty plea on the lesser charge mentioned above.

On June 2022 authorities arrested Kelley after FBI agents began receiving tips that he had been present at the U.S Capitol during the day of insurrection back on January 16th 2021.

Videos posted online showed an individual wearing aviator sunglasses and backwards black baseball cap which turned out to be Ryan Kelly who had gathered near one entrance leading into the building itself while surveying what was happening around him at that moment according to official documents released by investigators later on.

He then proceeded to film some members crowd assaulting and pushing past police officers there before climbing onto an architectural feature near one set of stairs leading into building.

Other members of the crowd present were also identifiable through photos taken by media outlets covering the story.

Kelley’s attorney Gary Springstead has stated that even though his client is pleading guilty, he maintains he thought he could legally demonstrate outside Capitol steps under First Amendment rights.

There is no evidence according to Springstead showing Ryan actually entered inside Capital building either, so defense is looking for the best possible outcome here via probation rather than having him serve jail time with max penalty being 6 months if convicted as previously mentioned.

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