Trial Date Set for Ex-Candidate in January 6 Case

February 15, 2023

A July 31 trial date was set on Wednesday for former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley related to his actions during the deadly January 6, 2021 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

Kelley is a real estate agent and conservative social media personality who finished fourth in the Republican gubernatorial primary in August.

He is charged with misdemeanors for his presence at the Capitol on January 6, including entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct, knowingly engaging in an act of physical violence against a person or property, and willfully injuring property. All of those misdemeanors generally carry penalties of up to one year in prison and fines of up to $100,000 on each charge.

Kelley was arrested last June in the middle of his candidacy during an FBI raid of his family’s Michigan home. He has entered not guilty pleas on all four charges.

District Judge Christopher Cooper of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia set the July 31 trial date.

 Altogether, a total of nearly 1,000 people have been criminally charged so far for their actions related to January 6, including 14 who have been charged with sedition. More than 500 of those charged have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors. Another roughly 400 have been sentenced, over half of whom have received prison time ranging anywhere from seven days to 10 years.

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