HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal magistrate has revoked the bond for a northwest Indiana man awaiting sentencing in a gang-related case after the FBI charged him for allegedly taking part in the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew P. Rodovich in Hammond granted the federal government’s motion Thursday to revoke bond for Kash Lee Kelly, 32.
The government’s request came after the FBI charged Kelly with federal charges that include unlawful entry to a restricted area for allegedly joining Donald Trump supporters in storming the Capitol, said U.S. District prosecuting attorney David Nozick.
The federal government had recommended a 51-month sentence for Kelly after he pleaded guilty in a Latin Kings gang case where the Hammond man admitted to distributing narcotics and marijuana.
Rodovich said Kelly now faces up to 10 years additional in prison for committing an offense while on bond, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.
According to court filings, Kelly was granted permission to travel to Dallas, Texas, on Jan. 2 for a paid speaking engagement, but he was not granted permission to travel to Washington, D.C.
Kelly told The Times that all he did was enter the Capitol, take a photo near a monument and left before the violence erupted.
“I would never be a part of violence. ... I condemn it, and I stand against it,” Kelly said. “If I break the law, I apologize.”
Kelly’s attorney, Joshua Adams, had asked that Kelly be allowed to remain out of jail but detained at home while awaiting sentencing.