Prosecutors charged Darrell Brooks Jr with intentional homicide in the deaths of five people who were killed when an SUV was driven into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin. Conviction on first-degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory life sentence.
According to AP, An 8-year-old boy became the sixth person to die Tuesday as a result of a man driving his SUV into a suburban Milwaukee Christmas parade, with a criminal complaint alleging that the suspect in the case steered side-to-side with the intent of striking marchers and spectators.
Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted. He rocked back and forth in his seat and cried throughout his court hearing on Tuesday, his attorney’s arm on his back, as the charges against him were detailed. His bail was set at $5 million, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 14.
“The nature of this offense is shocking,” said Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin Costello.
Additional charges related to the sixth death and the more than 60 people injured will be coming later this week or next, said Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper. The criminal complaint said 62 people were injured, up from the 48 previously announced by police.
Police has confirmed that Brooks was involved in domestic dispute before speeding through the parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
It has also been confirmed he is a local rapper going by the name of “Math Boi Fly”. He used the same red SUV in one of his videos.
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