Inverness man expected to plead guilty in Capitol attack


FILE: Rioters loyal to then-President Donald Trump outside of U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Even as the first of the more than 500 federal Capitol riot defendants have begun to plead guilty, scores of suspects remain unidentified, reflecting the massive scale of the Justice Department’s investigation and the grueling work authorities still face to track everyone down. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

A Northwest suburban man is expected to plead guilty for his role in January’s capitol insurrection.

Court records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times reveal a plea agreement hearing for Brad Rukstales, of Inverness, is scheduled for Wednesday.

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The United States Department of Justice charged Rukstales with the following:

  • 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

Rukstales, the former CEO of Schaumburg-based tech company Cogensia, was one of the people arrested by police after a group of domestic terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attack.

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He later apologized for his role, saying in part, “My decision to enter the Capitol was wrong, and I am deeply regretful to have done so.  Without qualification and as a peaceful and law-abiding citizen, I condemn the violence and destruction that took place in Washington.”

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