A former GOP candidate for governor in Michigan was sentenced to two months in prison for his involvement at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Ryan Kelley's team had asked for only probation based on his family and lack of any past criminal activity.
Ex-Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate gets two months in prison over Jan. 6 riot https://t.co/ZvrSLbRNWk
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"Mr. Kelley has accepted responsibility not only with the Court, but has also taken it upon himself to explain his wrongdoings and the potential consequences to his family," his lawyers wrote.
"Mr. Kelley understands and appreciates that he never should have participated in the protests that turned into a riot that day and that such violence has no place in our democracy," they added.
A former Republican candidate for Michigan governor has been sentenced to 60 days in prison for committing a federal crime during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. https://t.co/NaREp9Wx61
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Kelly admitted his guilt but did not blame former President Donald Trump for his situation.
"I was misled into believing those things," Kelley said. “To this day, those receipts never showed up."
“It’s not his fault, the former president, for my actions that day," Kelley added. "He did invite us there, but my actions are my actions, and I own those."
Over 1,100 people have been charged in relation to the events of Jan. 6. The situation has also grown to include Trump, who was charged over his connection to the riot.
The former president also faces cases in Florida and Georgia, while currently dealing with a New York case against his company.
Kelly's situation is now completed but the attacks continue against conservatives as the 2024 election cycle heats up in what could become a rematch of Trump and President Joe Biden next year for control of the White House.