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Father whose son is accused of parade shooting pleads guilty to misdemeanors

Robert Crimo Jr., the father of the man accused of killing seven people at a Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago, pleaded guilty Monday to seven misdemeanor counts of reckless driving for helping his son to obtain a gun license before the shooting.

The guilty pleas were announced in a Lake County, Ill., courtroom just before the elder Mr. Crimo’s trial was scheduled to begin.

Eric F. Rinehart, Lake County’s top prosecutor, said the deal was reached after last-minute discussions Sunday.

Under the terms of the agreement, Mr. Crimo will serve 60 days in jail, two years of probation and 100 hours of public service, prosecutors said. Mr. Crimo declined to comment immediately after leaving the courtroom.

The eldest Mr. Crimo, prosecutors said, ignored obvious signs that his son, Robert Crimo III, was capable of violence: in 2019, months before he obtained the state’s gun permit. State, a family member contacted authorities, reporting that the younger Mr. Crimo had threatened to “kill everyone.” Officers removed 16 knives, a dagger and a sword from the home, but decided there was no probable cause to arrest him at that time.

Robert Crimo III later purchased several weapons, including a high-powered rifle. On July 4, 2022, he climbed onto the roof of a building in downtown Highland Park, Illinois, and opened fire on the parade crowd, killing seven people and injuring many others, according to prosecutors. He was 21 at the time and remains in prison awaiting his trial date.

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