Bruno Cua is 18-year-old as of 2021.
He is the youngest of more than 300 supporters of former President Donald Trump charged in the Capitol rape and, among the Georgians charged, faces the most serious crimes. He is one of the few rioters to gain access to either the House of Representatives or the Senate chambers.
Prosecutors allege that Cua assaulted a federal official while he was struggling to reach the Senate. He was photographed swinging a cane at various locations on Capitol Hill, joining the lawless mob that disrupted the electoral college vote count certifying the election of President Joe Biden. The charge of obstructing an official procedure before Congress is punishable by up to 20 years, according to Cua’s lawyers.
A federal judge in Atlanta denied Cua bail on February 12.
On Wednesday, Cua appeared in a video hearing from the Grady County Jail in Chickasha, Oklahoma, where he was transferred after weeks to the Atlanta City Detention Center. Through his lawyers, Cua pleaded not guilty. Moss set a date for the jury trial on May 10 but acknowledged that the date could be changed for a number of reasons, including the ongoing pandemic.
In a February 26 defence motion in favour of Cua’s release, attorneys said he was “an impressionable 18-year-old boy who was in the middle of finishing his online courses to graduate from high school when he was arrested. “.
Cua’s attorneys maintain that he did not come up with the incendiary language he adopted online while fishing and building tree houses in Milton. Instead, his lawyers say, Cua was repeating what he saw online.
Moss was sceptical, noting that Cua had engaged in violent rhetoric online before the insurrection. He also asked to see the video of Cua wielding the baton before deciding whether to grant a bail appeal.
According to prosecutors, on December 30, Cua wrote that “we only have to recover what is ours.” Then, on January 6, he wrote: “We did not attack the Americans. We attacked the swamp rats. “He also wrote that he wanted to” lock up the swamp rat tyrants in the capitol and burn the place to the ground. ”
In his letter to the court, Cua acknowledged his posts on social media.
“Given how innate (sic) my social media activity was, I really understand his concerns,” Cua wrote. “I am not a danger to anyone, and I will absolutely never act on what I said.”
“I have completely lost those aggressive feelings and I walked away from the whole political idea (sic),” he added a few sentences later. “I was wrong.”
Prosecutors have opposed the release of Cua to the custody of his parents because it was his parents, Joseph and Alise Cua, who accompanied him to Washington to attend former President Trump’s “Save America” rally.
“We would never have gone to Washington if we had known that things would have turned violent,” the parents said in a letter sent to Moss. “We wished so much that we hadn’t agreed to let him take a closer look at what was unfolding at the Capitol, but we honestly didn’t think Bruno would ever get involved.”
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