Crime 'Humbled, Regretful' Georgia Man Detained Over Capitol Riot Wants to Go Home to His Family
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A Georgia man detained in connection to the Capitol riot is now "humbled" and appealing to a judge for release to his parents' home, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
Bruno Joseph Cua, 18, has been in federal custody since he was arrested on February 5 for his alleged role in storming the Capitol on January 6 and assaulting an officer on his way to thefloor.
He penned a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss Thursday in which which pleaded for an early release and asked to be reunited with his family before the trial.
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Cua vowed "not to step one foot out of line" and is appealing an earlier ruling which rejected his request for bond.
The 18-year-old is the reportedly youngest Trump supporter to be charged with breaching the government building, but he also faces some of the most serious allegations.
"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 to the federal judge Thursday. "After all, thats (sic) what jail is for right? Teaching people a lesson? Lesson fully received, your Honor."
"My posts were foolish, unnessacary [sic], and untrue, that's not who I am or ever want to be, I have completely comprehended a very painful! [sic] Lesson over the last month in jail, including over two weeks in isolation. I have completely lost those aggressive feelings and moved from the entire political idea. I was wrong," Cua continued.
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The 18-year-old was one of about a dozen people who managed to gain access to either the House or Senate floors. His Parler account, the right-wing social media app which allowed protesters to link up plans, was referenced during Trump's impeachment trial.
"President Trump is calling us to FIGHT!" Cua allegedly posted to his Parler account just prior to the January 6 insurrection. "DOJ, SCOTUS,, His own cabinet, everyone has betrayed him. It's Trump & WeThePeople VS the deepstate and the CCP. He knows this is the only way to save our great country, show up January6th. It's time to take our freedom back the old fashioned way. Thisisour1776."
Cua is being held at the Grady County Jail in Chickasha, Oklahoma, where he was transferred after spending weeks at the Atlanta Detention Center. His trial is set for May 10, but court officials have acknowledged that may be pushed back for several reasons including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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His defense attorneys have repeatedly characterized him as 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."
Federal prosecutors said Cua made good on his vows to "fight" in the Capitol, even shoving an officer on January 6. A federal judge previously denied his bond for release on February 12.
Newsweek reached out to the federal judge presiding over Cua's case on Saturday morning for additional details.
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