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Here are the six Coloradans arrested in connection with the U.S. Capitol riot

As the U.S. Senate holds the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, here are the six Coloradans charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

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Former President Donald Trump is nearing the end of his second impeachment trial, accused of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

Six Coloradans were among the dozens arrested and charged in federal court connection with the mob. 

“All of these people have been arrested and charged. They are being held accountable for their actions,” U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat who is one of nine House impeachment managers leading the prosecution of Trump, said on the Senate floor this week. “Their leader, the man who incited them, must be held accountable as well.”

As the Senate debates possible penalties for Trump in connection with the riot, here’s a look at the Coloradans who are also facing legal consequences:

Cleveland Grover Meredith Jr.

Meredith was charged by federal prosecutors with interstate communication of threats for texts he allegedly sent threatening to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He was also charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition, violating D.C. gun laws. Additionally, he is accused of assault after allegedly head-butting a pedestrian without provocation on Jan. 7.

Meredith never actually made it to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. He told authorities he arrived too late to participate in a rally for Trump and the subsequent riot, according to federal court documents. When FBI agents searched his hotel room, as well as his truck and trailer, they found two guns and “over 2,500 rounds of ammunition.”

Klete Keller

Keller, who lives in Colorado Springs, has been charged with knowingly entering a restricted building to impede an official government function, disorderly conduct and obstructing law enforcement officers during the riot.

A video emerged from the riot showing Keller among the throng storming the Capitol building. A five-time Olympic swimming medalist, Keller was identified in the video by multiple people, due to his height boosting most of his head above others in the crowd. He was also wearing an Olympic jacket.

Robert Gieswein

Robert Gieswein, left, as pictured on Jan. 6, 2021, during the U.S. Capitol riot. Gieswein has been charged with six counts related to the riot, according to federal court documents. (Screenshot)

Gieswein, a 24-year-old from Woodland Park, has been charged with assault on a federal officer, destruction of government property, obstruction of an official proceeding, entering a restricted building or grounds without authority, violent entry or disorderly conduct, and aiding and abetting.

Federal court documents say Gieswein “traveled to Washington, D.C., assaulted and intimidated U.S. Capitol Police officers with a spray canister, temporary barrier and baseball bat.” He is associated with the radical militia group known as the Three Percenters, as well as a local “private paramilitary training group” called the Woodland Wild Dogs, according to court documents.

Stanley Williams

Williams, a 34-year-old from Englewood, was charged with violating a curfew imposed following the riot. 

Federal court documents say Williams was also carrying a “Stinger Whip” when officers approached him that night. Williams told officers he was carrying the weapon for personal protection. That kind of whip is often used “for extracting a person from being trapped in a vehicle,” according to court documents, but Williams “was intending to use the item as a weapon.”

Harlan Boen

Boen, a 48-year-old from Frederick, has been charged in D.C. Superior Court with carrying a firearm without a license. 

Officers found Boen walking through Freedom Plaza the evening after the riot, according to federal court documents, with one officer noting an uncharacteristic bulge in Boen’s jacket indicating a gun. The gun was not registered, and lacked a license for the District of Columbia. Boen also had 13 ammunition cartridges.

Patrick Montgomery

A photo allegedly showing Patrick Montgomery of Littleton inside the U.S. Senate chambers during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. (Screenshot)

Montgomery, a 49-year-old from Littleton, was arrested on Jan. 17 in Colorado in connection with the riot. He has been charged with entering a restricted building or grounds without authority; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in any of the Capitol buildings.

Federal court documents claim Montgomery was shown in photos of people storming the Capitol that were posted to Facebook. Multiple people tipped off agents to Montgomery’s Facebook page, where he had also posted pictures from inside the Senate chambers. 

Montgomery later deleted both his Facebook and Instagram accounts, court documents said.


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