A Chicago police officer and his sister, who were each convicted of breaching the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection, were each sentenced to home detention and probation Wednesday, according to media reports.
CBS News reported a federal judge in Washington D.C. sentenced Karol and Agnieszka Chwiesiuk each to three months home detention and three years probation after they were found guilty last year on multiple misdemeanor charges.
Federal prosecutors had sought a one year prison sentence for Karol Chwiesiuk and an eight month sentence for his sister.
Geolocation data recovered by investigators shows Chwiesiuk traveled from Chicago to Washington, D.C. on Jan. 4 and was present there on Jan. 5-6 before returning to Chicago on Jan. 8, the complaint states.
In text messages to a friend on Jan. 3, Chwiesiuk said he planned to go to Washington, D.C. to “save the nation,” adding that he planned to “f--k up some commies,” according to an initial complaint.
On Jan. 6, he texted the same friend that he was in D.C. and had “Knocked out a commie last night,” the complaint states. Chwiesiuk also sent a photo to that friend in which he appeared to be wearing a CPD sweatshirt while standing outside.
A short time later, Chwiesiuk sent a photo of himself inside the Capitol, telling the friend “We inside the Capitol lmfao,” the complaint states. According to the FBI, the room Chwiesiuk took that photo in was an office belonging to U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat.
Investigators also identified Chwiesiuk through surveillance footage taken throughout the Capitol building, according to the complaint.
Karol Chwiesiuk was charged in June 2021, while Agnieszka Chwiesiuk was charged in late 2022. Prosecutors alleged federal investigators identified her in photos and videos from inside the Capitol building during the riot.
“Agnieszka was among the rioters in the NW Plaza, and at approximately 2:58 p.m., she had made her way to the front of the crowd and entered the Capitol through the broken-out doorway of the Senate Wing Door,” an FBI agent wrote in the document.
From there, she allegedly entered the Capitol’s Crypt, then walked toward a Senate wing door before exiting the building through a broken-out window after less than 10 minutes.
After Karol Chwiesiuk was identified and arrested at his Chicago home in June 2021, Agnieszka Chwiesiuk — who was also present — asked if she too was going to be arrested, according to the FBI.
According to the government’s sentencing memo, neither of the siblings have shown any remorse for their actions. Prosecutors alleged Karol Chwiesiuk texted another individual later on Jan. 6, telling them “It was epic. Super fun. The optics are bad but f--k it at this point ya know.”
Early the following morning, Agnieszka Chwiesiuk allegedly sent her brother a meme which compared the insurrection to the Boston Tea Party and described the riot as “the most American thing I’ve seen in my lifetime.”
Prosecutors further alleged that following her arrest, Agnieszka Chwiesiuk claimed she “was arrested and charged as part of the January 6th witch hunt” and claimed that the “prosecution is politically motivated” with the goal of ruining her “finances, reputation and future prosperity.”
“Neither Chwiesiuk has accepted responsibility for their crimes, and their post-January 6 statements are troubling,” prosecutors wrote in the sentencing memo.
According to the Chicago Police Department, Karol Chwiesiuk is currently listed as inactive and remains on an unpaid leave of absence.