GLEN CARBON, Ill. – An Illinois man has been sentenced to prison for what he did the day the US Capitol was attacked by a mob on January 6, 2021.
Jeremiah Carollo, from Glen Carbon, was there that day with his younger brother, Anthony Carollo, 22, from Lockport, and their cousin, Cody Vollan, 31, from Flossmoor.
The judge had already thrown out jail time for those two other men, but then looked closely at a video showing Jeremiah Carollo, 45, near the front of the crowd, crossing a line of police on the steps of the Capitol.
Elder Carollo was unarmed and he didn’t break anything. But his presence helped inflame the passions of others, said U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta in Washington, D.C.
“They had that courage because there was a crowd of people. They don’t have that courage and they’re not that brave… if they stand there alone,” Mehta said.
Mehta sentenced Carollo to 21 days in jail, saying the accused could have chosen to step out of the mob and also influenced his younger brother and their cousin. These other two men were each sentenced to 12 months probation.
“You have to understand that people can’t behave that way when an election is lost and you don’t agree,” Mehta said.
All three were ordered to perform 60 hours of community service and fined $500.
“I have no excuse for the actions I took that day,” Jeremiah Carollo, a Marine Corps veteran, said just before his sentencing. “I regret involving my cousin and my brother. …I am embarrassed and ashamed to be part of something that has caused more division among Americans and sent a very negative image to the rest of the world, as America ain’t meant to be like [it was] January 6th.”
Vollan and the Carollo brothers had all pleaded guilty in April to marching, demonstrating or picketing a Capitol building.
Prosecutors had asked for prison terms for all three defendants, though longer for Jeremiah Carollo, noting his “charge” on the steps of the Capitol.
Vollan and the Carollos are among 27 known Illinois defendants in the attack on the Capitol, which led to what has been described as possibly the largest criminal investigation in US history.
Law enforcement located Vollan and the Carollos after investigators “became aware” of their mobile devices around the Capitol that day, based on information gathered through a search warrant served on Google, according to court records. The FBI then checked to see if the associated email addresses matched someone legally in the Capitol. They do not have.
As part of their plea, the men admitted they entered the Capitol through a broken window and spent more than 15 minutes walking around, touring the Capitol’s crypt and rotunda and the “President’s suite (Nancy) Pelosi”.