Bruno Joseph Cua, 18, is facing multiple charges including assaulting a federal officer, and has been in jail since Feb. 5. after being arrested for taking part in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6., the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
In a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss this Thursday, Cua, who is the youngest person to be charged in connection to the Capitol riot, begged to be reunited with his family while he awaits trial. He has appealed an earlier ruling that denied him bond.
“I will never be the same person, jail has had its full effect me (sic), I am completely humbled, deeply remoursefull (sic) and regretful!” Cua wrote. “After all, thats (sic) what jail is for right? Teaching people a lesson? Lesson fully received, your Honor.”
According to prosecutors, Cua assaulted a federal officer while breaching the Capitol building. As AJC points out, he was photographed twirling a baton in multiple locations throughout the Capitol. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
In a motion filed on Feb. 26 requesting his release, lawyers said that he was “an impressionable 18-year-old kid who was in the middle of finishing his online coursework to graduate from high school when he was arrested.”
Prosecutors says prosecutors that on Dec. 30, Cua wrote in a social media post that “we just have to take back what’s ours.” Then, on Jan. 6, he wrote: “We didn’t attack American people. We attacked the swamp rats.” He also wrote that he wanted to “lock the swamp rat tyrants in the capitol and burn the place to the ground.”
But Cua acknowledged his social media history in his letter to the judge, saying that he’s “not a danger to anyone, and I will absolutely never act on what I said.”
“I have completely lost those aggressive feelings and moved on from the entire politcal (sic) idea,” he added.
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