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Former Michigan GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Pleads Guilty to Jan. 6 Charge

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A former Republican candidate for Michigan governor pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.

Ryan Kelley was reportedly arrested last June after anonymous tipsters gave photos to the FBI showing that he was present at the Capitol.

At the time of his arrest in 2022, Kelley was the leading candidate for the GOP gubernatorial primary, according to polling.

According to The Hill, federal investigators said Kelley was part of the crowd that rushed the Capitol, forcing police to retreat up the stairs and into the building. He directed parts of the crowd to and around the Capitol, but did not enter the building himself, investigators said.

Kelley initially pleaded not guilty to a slate of charges including entering a restricted area and destruction of government property. He pleaded guilty to the restricted area charge this week in an agreement that saw other charges dropped.

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