Capitol rioter’s lawyers call him ‘very naive,’ argue for his release

Attorneys for a man arrested in the Capitol riot are calling for his release, reportedly arguing he’s young and impressionable and was influenced by social media.

Bruno Cua, 18, was arrested this month after photographs showed him in the Senate chamber on Jan. 6. The FBI wrote in a criminal complaint against him that Cua posted to Instagram confirming his participation.

“Yes, for everyone asking I stormed the [Capitol] with hundreds of thousands of patriots,” Cua wrote on the social media platform, according to the complaint.

“I’ll do a whole video explaining what happened, this is history. What happened was unbelievable,” he allegedly added.

In a defense motion filed Friday, Cua’s lawyers called for his release to his parents.

The lawyers said that he “is 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,” according to NPR.

Despite social media posts in which Cua allegedly made calls for action in the days leading up to the riot, his attorneys argue he’s a victim of naivety.

“In many ways, he is less of an ‘adult’ than many teenagers,” his lawyers stated. “He has never lived away from his parents.”

They wrote that he has never left his hometown of Milton, Ga., and is more sheltered.

“He has lived his entire life in the area immediately surrounding Atlanta,” they said.

Cua is facing several charges in connection with the riot, including assault on a federal officer and obstruction of an official proceeding.

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