Former Republican candidate for Michigan governor, Ryan Kelley, has been sentenced to two months in prison for his involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Kelley pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in July for his role in the siege. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper criticized Kelley for promoting lies about election fraud and baseless claims that the Capitol riot was an FBI plot. Kelley, who finished fourth in the Republican primary, traveled from Allendale, Michigan, to attend then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally near the White House on January 6.
While Kelley did not engage in violence, federal prosecutors stated that he helped breach scaffolding, incited the mob with his shouts, and gestured for others to move closer to the Capitol and police officers. Kelley pleaded guilty to entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds.
Kelley’s defense lawyer stated that he regrets participating in the protests and wants to focus on his business and family. Kelley had previously spoken at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Lansing, Michigan, in November 2020.
In a separate case related to the Capitol attack, Rachel Marie Powell, who smashed a window and directed other rioters, was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth convicted Powell of all nine counts in her indictment.