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Gubernatorial Candidate Kelley Arraigned for January 6th Crimes

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Just hours after taking the debate stage with three other candidates vying for the Republican nomination for governor, candidate Ryan Kelley was in a virtual arraignment. He was officially charged with four misdemeanors for his role in the January 6th riot at the US Capitol.

Kelley pleaded not guilty to all four charges during the virtual hearing Thursday morning.

He has openly admitted he was at the riot and uses it as a point of pride in his campaign but says he never entered the building.

He is being charged for disruptive conduct, destruction of public property and entering a restricted area.

At the debate Wednesday night, he was asked about it.

“That was a First Amendment activity by a majority of the people there, myself included,” said Kelley, “We were there protesting the government because we don’t like the results of the 2020 election, the process of it. That’s why we were there that day and yes, I support President Trump.”

Kelley’s next court hearing is September 22nd and will also be virtual. That is just 47 days before the general election.