Michigan gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley arrested for role in January 6 insurrection

Allendale, Michigan - Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley (40) was arrested by FBI agents on Thursday.

Republican Ryan Kelley was arrested by FBI agents Thursday for his participation in the Capitol riots that took place on January 6.
Republican Ryan Kelley was arrested by FBI agents Thursday for his participation in the Capitol riots that took place on January 6.  © Collage: JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP

Bill Miller, a spokesperson for the US Attorney's office, confirmed that Kelley was arrested "on misdemeanor charges stemming from the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol breach."

Kelley is charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct, knowingly engaging in physical violence against person or property in a restricted building, and willfully injuring or committing depredation against property of the US.

The Republican candidate, who built his political brand on opposing Covid-19 restrictions and Black Lives Matter protests, traveled to Washington DC and allegedly participated in events that led to protesters storming the Capitol building.

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A video shared to Twitter of Kelley – wearing glasses, a backwards baseball cap, and a black jacket – shows him climbing a barricade while yelling and riling up other protesters, seeming to direct them to the building's entrance.

After a hearing at a federal court in Grand Rapids, the real estate broker was released on a personal recognizance bond. If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison.

Ryan Kelley, along with a handful of other Republican hopefuls, will be running for Democratic state governor Gretchen Whitmer's position this fall.

Cover photo: Collage: JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP

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