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GOP governor candidate charged in Jan 6 insurrection

Daniel Boothe, WGVU
Ryan Kelley exits the federal courthouse in Grand Rapids after being formally charged with taking part in the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol

Ryan Kelley was arrested by the FBI at his home in Allendale. He was formally charged in federal court Thursday

A Republican running for governor of Michigan has been formally charged in federal court with taking part in the January 6th attack on the US Capitol.

Ryan Kelley repeatedly answered “understood” to the judge’s questions about knowing his rights and responsibilities now that he’s been charged with four misdemeanors – each with a penalty of up to a year in jail. His first court appearance was in Grand Rapids, even though the charges were filed in Washington DC. Earlier, the FBI executed a search warrant at Kelley’s home in Allendale.

The judge allowed Kelley to leave without posting bond. But a post on Kelley’s campaign Facebook page says “political prisoner.”

Kelley is one of five candidates whose names will appear on the August GOP primary ballot.

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