Federal prosecutors have asked for 14 days in prison as part of a plea for two Chicago area brothers charged in connection with the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riot.
Prosecutors filed sentencing memoranda on Tuesday in the cases against Christian and Mark Kulas, both of Kenilworth, sons of the owner of a popular cleaning company on the North Shore.
The brothers traveled together to Washington, DC, and then marched with the crowd to the Capitol, authorities say. In the memos filed Tuesday, prosecutors argued in court to give them a 14-day jail term, followed by 36 months of supervised probation, including 60 hours of community service, as well as payment of $500 in restitution.
Prosecutors noted in the memos that the brothers did not “commit personal violence or destroy property” during the Jan. 6 attack, calling them a “deliberate part of the crowd disrupting congressional proceedings.”
“No rioter was just a tourist that day,” the memos read. “The attack on the US Capitol building and grounds was an attack on the rule of law.”
In the memos, the government has submitted a new batch of photos charting the Kulas brothers’ movements, from then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on the ellipse to Christian Kulas’ own videos posted on social media. were posted and watching rioters hit the The outside of the Capitol.
The FBI noted that at 2:26 p.m., the Kulas brothers entered the building through the Senate Wing entrance, where the doors and windows had been broken open just 13 minutes earlier.
At 2:35 p.m., they made their way to the roundabout, where prosecutors say they watched — and Christian Kulas cheered — as the crowd broke open another door.
They entered the Statuary Hall four minutes later, prosecutors say.
It is documented that Mark Kulas told investigators he “didn’t see any barricades or police giving orders,” and that he and his brother “left after learning that someone had been shot inside.”
The prosecutors asked for 14 days in prison and said the brothers did well in taking responsibility and that the two-week recommendation was based on unspecified “serious and long-term physical and mental health problems” listed in the report. their confidential research reports before the sentence. †
Still, prosecutors noted, “The seriousness of these violations requires deterrence. This was not a protest.”
“And it’s important to make it clear to future potential rioters — especially those who intend to improperly influence the democratic process — that their actions will have consequences,” both memos say. “There may be no greater factor for this Court to consider.”
Prosecutors went so far as to say that no previously convicted Capitol riot case contained “the same balance of aggravating and mitigating factors” as the cases against the Kulas brothers, while reviewing dozens of other sentences handed down in “similar” cases. submitted.
The Kulas brothers’ lawyer said on Tuesday they plan to file their own sentencing memos for the judge to consider before the two are sentenced on April 26. They are two of at least 24 defendants from Illinois.