Former Chicago-area CEO sentenced to 30 days in prison for role in Jan. 6 attack

A Washington, D.C., federal judge sentenced a former Chicago-area CEO to 30 days in prison on Friday in connection to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, NBC News reported.

Bradley Rukstales of Inverness, Ill., pleaded guilty in late August to one count of willfully and knowingly parading, demonstrating and picketing in a Capitol building.

In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols ordered Rukstales to pay $500 in restitution to the Department of the Treasury, NBC added. 


In a statement posted to Twitter, Rukstales said he accepts the court’s decision.

“I have come to realize the weight of my actions, and immensely regret following others into the Capitol. As a patriotic citizen, I hope and pray that the people of our nation will move forward united by the many commonalities we share,” he said.  

Authorities said that Rukstales was in a crowd of people near the House Atrium who were kicking chairs, as well as throwing liquids and spraying substances at officers. He and five other people allegedly refused orders from Capitol Police officers to leave and were placed under arrest.

In March, Rukstales pleaded not guilty to four other charges in connection with the riots, including disorderly conduct and violent entry in a Capitol building.

Rukstales was placed on leave from his job as CEO of marketing data company Cogensia days after the riot, and was later terminated. After he was fired, Rukstales apologized for entering the Capitol saying it was “the single worst personal decision of my life.”

More than 675 people have been arrested in nearly every state in the 10 months since the riots, which saw supporters of former President TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight  Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE storm the Capitol, delaying the certification of the 2020 election results, according to the Department of Justice.

Thus far, 28 people have been sentenced for their activity on Jan. 6, 11 of whom have been given jail time.