Ex-Michigan GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Ryan Kelley Gets 2 Months in Jail in Jan. 6 Case

October 19, 2023, 1:42 PM by  Allan Lengel

Ryan Kelley (File photo)

Ryan Kelley, an unsuccessful Michigan gubernatorial candidate in 2022, was sentenced Tuesday to two monhts behind bars for being part of the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

D.C. U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper also ordered Kelley, a 42-year-old real estate broker and father of six, to pay a $5,000 fine and $500 in restitution. After serving his sentence, he will be under supervised release for one year, according to court records.

A government sentencing memorandum filed last week alleged: 

  • He was with the group of rioters who breached the scaffolding adjacent to the Northwest stairs.
  • Ignored warning signs to leave the restricted Capitol grounds.
  • Encouraged and assisted other rioters, including by shouting into the crowd, repeatedly gesturing to other rioters to move closer to the Capitol Building and police, and by supporting another rioter who was passing forward a metal bike rack to rioters closer to police.
  • Damaged property (ripping a protective tarp covering the scaffolding adjacent to the Northwest stairs.
  • Climbed through scaffolding and ran up the railing next to the Northwest stairs; (6) took photos and video of the scenes of chaos and rioters rushing and attacking officers.
  • Spent almost two hours on restricted Capitol grounds.
  • Has failed to express sincere remorse.



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