Federal prosecutors have requested 14 days in jail as part of a plea deal for two Chicago-area brothers charged in connection with the riots at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Prosecutors filed sentencing memos Tuesday in the cases against Christian and Mark Kulas, both of Kenilworth, sons of the owner of a popular North Shore cleaning business.
The brothers traveled to Washington, DC together and then marched with the crowd to the Capitol, authorities say. In memos filed Tuesday, prosecutors made a case for the judge to give them a sentence of 14 days in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised probation, including 60 hours of community service, as well as the payment of $500 in restitution. .
Prosecutors noted in the memos that the brothers did not “personally engage in violence or destroy property” during the Jan. 6 attack, but called them “a deliberate part of the mob that disrupted congressional proceedings.”
“No troublemaker was a mere tourist that day,” the memos said. “The attack on the United States Capitol building and its grounds was an attack on the rule of law.”
In the memos, the government released a new series of photos tracing the movements of the Kulas brothers, from then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on the ellipse, to videos of Christian Kulas himself posted on social media. watching the troublemakers climb the ellipse. Exterior of the Capitol.
The feds noted that the Kulas brothers entered the building at 2:26 p.m. through the Senate wing entrance, where the doors and windows had been smashed open just 13 minutes earlier.
At 2:35 p.m., they headed to the roundabout, where prosecutors say they saw, and Christian Kulas cheered, as the crowd opened another door.
They arrived at Statuary Hall four minutes later, prosecutors say.
Mark Kulas is documented as telling investigators that he “didn’t see any barricades and didn’t see police giving any orders,” and that he and his brother “left after learning that someone inside had been shot.”
Asking for 14 days in jail, prosecutors said the brothers did the right thing by accepting responsibility and that the two-week recommendation was informed by unspecified “serious and long-standing physical and mental health problems” noted in their reports. confidential investigations prior to sentencing. .
Still, prosecutors noted: “The seriousness of these crimes demands deterrence. This was not a protest.”
“And it is important to convey to potential future troublemakers, especially those seeking to inappropriately influence the democratic process, that their actions will have consequences,” both memos say. “There is possibly no greater factor for this Court to consider.”
Prosecutors went on to say that no previously sentenced Capitol riot case has contained “the same balance of aggravating and mitigating factors” as the cases against the Kulas brothers, while considering dozens of other sentences imposed in “comparable” cases. .
The Kulas brothers’ attorney said Tuesday that they planned to submit their own sentencing memos for the judge to consider before the two are sentenced on April 26. They are two of at least 24 charged with rioting at the Illinois Capitol.