Former Inverness tech CEO Bradley Rukstales has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for his role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. YouTube Tips ⓘ
Bradley Rukstales of Inverness, Illinois, on Friday, November 12, 2021, was sentenced to 30 days in prison and ordered by U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols to pay $500 in restitution to the Department of the Treasury.
The sentenced was connected to a plea agreement with Rukstales pleading guilty August 31 to one misdemeanor count of Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building.
The initial charges for Bradley Rukstales were Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building; Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building; Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building.
Police detained Rukstales at the scene on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 and he was released on his own personal recognizance.
Rukstales told CBS2 Chicago’s Charlie De Mar outside his Inverness home on Thursday, January 7, 2021 that the the morning before the riot was great — to see people and hear the speeches, but it turned to chaos. Rukstales said everything that happened Wednesday, January 6, 2021 was absolutely terrible, and that he was sorry for his part in it. He said he thought the violence was terrible.
Rukstales he “had nothing to do with charging anyone, or anything like that.’ Rukstales “was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I regret my part of that.” Rukstales admitted to CBS Charlie De Mar that he entered the US Capitol building.
Rukstales was CEO for marketing data company Cogensia, which announced in a press release Friday, January 8, 2021 that Cogensia President and CEO Brad Rukstales was terminated by the company’s Board of Directors effective immediately. Acting CEO Joel Schiltz noted, “This decision was made because Rukstales’ actions were inconsistent with the core values of Cogensia. Cogensia condemns what occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and we intend to continue to embrace the values of integrity, diversity and transparency in our business operations, and expect all employees to embrace those values as well.” Joel Schiltz, was senior vice president and Chief Operating Officer of Cogensia prior to being named Acting CEO.
Cogensia is a customer marketing solutions firm empowering clients with data and insights by delivering technology solutions that facilitate program design, data management and integration, access to external data and real-time business intelligence.
On Friday, Rukstales tweeted an apologies
— Brad Rukstales (@brad_rukstales) November 12, 2021
— Brad Rukstales (@brad_rukstales) January 8, 2021
“I have come to realize the weight of my actions, and immensely regret following others into the Capitol,” Rukstales said. “As a patriotic citizen, I hope and pray that the people of our nation will move forward united by the many commonalities we share.”
Rukstales is one of more than 650 people charged with federal crimes related to the January 6 riot. More 120 have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors.
A Justice department timeline stated Rukstales was arrested on January 11, 2021, and pleaded not guilty to all counts on March 30, 2021. A plea agreement was entered on August 31, 2021 as Rukstales pleaded guilty to Count 4 — Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building.
The government was seeking a sentence of 45 day for Rukstales.
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