CAPITOL RIOT UPDATE: Christopher Kuehne was sentenced after pleading guilty to obstruction of police officers and entering the Capitol during the riot

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Defendant Obstructed Police in the Capitol Crypt

            WASHINGTON – A Kansas man was sentenced to prison on February 24, 2024, for obstructing law enforcement during the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the 2020 presidential election.


            Christopher Kuehne, 50, of Olathe, Kansas, was sentenced to 75 days in prison and 24 months of supervised release, which includes 60 days of home detention by U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly. Kuehne pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of law enforcement during a civil disorder on Sept. 7, 2023.

            According to court documents, Kuehne, an associate of the Kansas City chapter of the Proud Boys, made plans with other members of the group to attend a rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. Prior to his arrival, Kuehne sent a message to others in the group regarding a potential confrontation with Antifa and BLM, stating, “Be prepared not only to beat down but when you do action of violence so utterly massive that we send a message.”

            Kuehne traveled to Arlington, Virginia, on Jan. 4, 2021, with other members of the Proud Boys chapter. On Jan. 6, Kuehne met with a larger group of Proud Boys at the Washington Monument. Kuehne, wearing a ballistic helmet and carrying protective gloves, then made his way to the U.S. Capitol, shouting, among other things, “Whose streets? Our streets!”

            Kuehne and others in the group proceeded to the west side of the Capitol’s grounds and gathered outside of the barricades. Shortly before 1 p.m., the crowd breached the barriers and surged toward the Capitol building, allowing Kuehne and others in the group to move past multiple lines of barricades and toward the Lower West Plaza, inside the restricted area. Kuehne remained on the west front of the Capitol for more than an hour, ignoring law enforcement commands to disperse. Eventually, Kuehne made his way to the base of the Capitol and onto the Upper West Terrace. Kuehne entered the Capitol through the Senate Wing Door at approximately 2:25 p.m.


            Once inside the building, Kuehne and others in the group made their way to the Crypt. Kuehne and others in the group maneuvered a portable lectern to block police from closing a door in the Crypt that would have prevented the group from moving further throughout the building. Kuehne and others then moved from the Crypt to the Capitol Visitor Center and eventually left the building through the Senate Wing Door. Kuehne later deleted materials from his phone that he had sent to others in the group and encouraged others to do the same.

            The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section prosecuted this case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Kansas provided valuable assistance.

            The FBI’s Kansas City and Washington Field Offices investigated this case. The Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Capitol Police provided valuable assistance.

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            In the 37 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 1,313 individuals have been charged in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the breach of the U.S. Capitol, including more than 469 individuals charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement, a felony. The investigation remains ongoing.

Fundraiser for legal defense of Christopher Kuehne

Christopher Kuehne is being criminally prosecuted in DC federal court for his role in the January 6 protest that made its way into the Capitol. He is facing substantial jail time and is fighting hard to vindicate himself against a government that is deeply politicized against him. Chris has pleaded Not Guilty to all of the charges.  (Update: On February 24, 2024, Kuehne entered a guilty plea to one count of obstruction of law officers.)

As was presented at Chris’ detention hearing, Chris did not hurt anyone and did not come to DC to commit any offenses. Chris intended to protect Trump supporters with families from potential Antifa attacks. He went inside the Capitol but did not cause any harm or damage – in fact, he cleaned trash off the floor (video in this link:, helped to stop the theft of government property, asked people to leave the building, and went up to Capitol Police Officers to ask how he could help. Chris was released on his own recognizance as a result.

More recently, and out of nowhere, the DC attorney general served Chris with a civil lawsuit for the same conduct that occurred on January 6 — while the criminal case is still pending.  This lawsuit is cruel/malicious and is aimed at destroying our family. We are now forced to hire an additional attorney.

For reference, the DC AG never sued BLM or any of their participants for setting parts of the city on fire during the BLM riots of 2020. Nor did the DC AG sue the Trump inauguration “Resist” rioters, who violently attacked the city and then bragged about all their criminal charges being dismissed.

Who is Chris…
Chris is a man who deeply loves God, his Country, and his family! He is a decorated combat veteran who has received numerous medals and awards, including the Purple Heart, a Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor for actions in combat. Chris has sacrificed his blood, sweat, and tears serving our country, paid the price for his duty and continues living with debilitating and invisible injuries. Even before this, Chris has protected people and helped people in need. As a 9-year-old Cub Scout, he was awarded the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor, the Medal of Merit, for saving his young sister from a burning car.

My Story…The Gateway Pundit Article
We are limited by what we can say right now, but eventually hope that we will be able to tell our side of the story and bring to light the injustices, persecution, and trauma that we have endured.

One of the hardest things for me is asking for help, but this is enormous, and no one person can do this alone! From warfare to lawfare, the difference is we need your help! We need financial support in raising funds to hire a civil defense lawyer to help Chris fight the DC AG in court and continue our battle to prove his innocence in criminal court. All donations will go towards legal and household expenses. Prayers are powerful, and I am asking for your continued prayers as they strengthen us.

To submit donations through mail, kindly make checks payable to:

Annette Kuehne
P.O. BOX 968
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

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