More than a dozen people in the Chicago area have been arrested in connection with the Capitol rebellion, but only one has been sentenced to prison.

Chicago (CBS) – more than 700 people has been arrested and charged In connection with the deadly siege on the US Capitol on Thursday a year ago.

More than a dozen of those arrested came from the Chicago area—including a Chicago police officer.

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So what has happened to them, and have many actually got jail time? CBS 2 investigator Megan Hickey dug through federal records to find out.

Chicago Police Officer Karol Chwisiuk, serving in the Harrison (11th) District, is on leave. He became infamous for his photographs inside the Capitol wearing a hoodie of the Chicago Police Department.

Chicago police officer Karol Chwisiuk was charged with participating in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Prosecutors said he took his selfie wearing a hoodie bearing the CPD emblem. (credit: US Attorney’s Office)

Like many others, Chavisiuk’s case is still pending. In fact, we’ve only been able to find one Illinois resident so far who was actually sentenced to time behind bars.

Of the more than 700 people charged so far in connection with the January 6, 2021 uprising, only a fraction – about 70 – have been sentenced. And so far, the majority have been sentenced without spending a day in prison.

The only resident of Illinois to have been sentenced so far is Bradley Ruxtels, who was sentenced to 30 days and ordered to pay $500 in damages.

Rukstels was the chief executive officer of the Schaumburg-based tech company Cogencia. He was fired by the company the same day he was struck with federal charges for his role in the riots.

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Brad Ruxtels(Credit: CBS2)

Inverness’s Rukstales spoke exclusively with CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar the day after the rebellion.

“I had nothing to do with charging anyone or anything or doing any of that,” he said. “I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and I’m sorry for my role in that.”

Rukstales is reporting to a federal prison in Michigan on February 1.

As Capitol police retreated down a flight of stairs on a winter’s day, federal prosecutors said the chairs fell behind them. Ruktales is accused of throwing one of those chairs. He pleaded guilty to the charges in August.

Only two other Illinois men have been sentenced—Douglas Wangler and Bruce J. Harrison, who has each received two years’ probation and is required to pay $500 in restitution.

“I’m not surprised because the law has put a cap on available sentences,” said former federal prosecutor Steven Block.

Block explained that the sentences may sound lenient, but they reflect the way the law works.

“Criminal trespass in this instance is probably one of the most serious in the history of our country,” he said. “This is a form of criminal trespass under the law, so the sentences available to these defendants are what the law allows and nothing more.”

We did some digging and found that there are at least 12 respondents from that area whose cases are still pending. Block was not surprised by this – he said cases take time and that the evidence of a selfie inside the Capitol isn’t enough to speed up the process.

Federal court records show that there is a status conference next month between Don Frankowski of Naperville and David Wiersma of Posen.

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don frankowski

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Dave Wiersma

So did Marcos Glyph and Kevin James Lyons of Elk Grove Village, who were arrested in Chicago. Lyons is accused of entering the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after breaching the Capitol.

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Marcos Glyph (via Facebook)

Kash Lee Kelly of Hammond, Indiana, appears before a judge on Jan. 21.

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Lawrence Ligas’ case is still pending. He was arrested in Chicago last month.

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Lawrence Ligas Complaint Photo (Credit: FBI)

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Winnetka’s Christian Kulas and his brother, Mark Kulas Jr., both made a plea. He will be sentenced on March 7.

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Christian Patriarch

Amy and John Schubert of Crest Hill pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in February.

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A Facebook photo of Amy and John Schubert helped link federal agents to the January 6, 2021 breach of the US Capitol. (credit: US Attorney’s Office)

Meanwhile, an aurora man, James Robert Elliott, was arrested on December 21. He was accused of attacking police officers with flags.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said Officer Chwisiuk was on “medical leave” on the day of the riots at the US Capitol.

“This officer is one of those officers who should never have been hired,” Brown said at the time of Chavisiuk’s arrest in June.

Only last week there was a hearing on Chwisiuk’s position.

On Thursday, Chicago police said Officer Chawisiuk is “inactive” and has been on a leave of absence since Aug. 11. This means that he is not getting paid at present.

Of all the Capitol riot defendants, the harshest sentence came to Florida’s Robert Scott Palmer, who was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for assaulting officers with wooden frames and fire extinguishers.

Here is a list of the positions of Chicago area defendants in the Capitol riot:

Don Frankowski:
Arrested in Naperville
Case pending – next proceedings on February 18.

David Wiersma:
Raised in Posen.
This is a joint affair with Don Frankowski
Wiersma is permitted to travel within 100 miles of his home for work purposes without prior notice to the Pretrial Services Agency. He also has a status conference on 18 February.

Officer Karol J. chwisiuk:
arrested in chicago
case pending
His position was heard last week.

Marcos Gleff:
Arrested in Elk Grove village
Not convicted and not convicted in all cases on 10 December.
Status conference scheduled for February 11.

Wish Lee Kelly:
Arrested in Hammond, Indiana
He had a drug case pending, and the judge used his involvement in the Capitol riot against him.
The case was moved from northern Indiana to DC federal court.
Kelly’s preliminary hearing is now set for January 21.

Lawrence Ligas:
Arrested in Chicago on December 1st

Christian Kulas:
Arrested in Vinnetka.
He agreed to a plea deal. The agreement states that the charges carry a maximum prison term of six months and a fine of no more than $5,000 – although he could get less than that.
The sentencing has been fixed on March 7.

Mark Kulas Jr::
Also from Vinnetka, brother of Christian Kulus.
Sentencing fixed on March 7

Kevin James Lyons:
arrested in chicago
A plea of ​​not guilty has been filed, and he is in court by videoconference on February 11.

Amy and Jon Schubert:
Both were arrested on July 26 from Crest Hill.
The plea agreement was entered into on 3 December. Sentencing is set for February 17.

Douglas Wangler:
Transferred from Downstate Danville, DC to Federal Court.
He was sentenced on December 16 to two years’ probation, $500 restitution, and a $10 special assessment.

Bruce J Harrison:
From Downstate Danville. He was also sentenced to two years’ probation, $500 restitution, and a $10 special assessment.

James Robert Elliot:
Arrested in Arora. Next court date not available.

Brad Ruxtels:
from Inverness; Arrested in Washington, DC
Found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison, $500 in damages, and a $10 special assessment.

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David Fitzgerald:
From Rossel. Court details not available.

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