Darrell E. Brooks Jr., the sole suspect in the Waukesha Christmas Parade massacre, was charged Tuesday with five counts of first degree manslaughter, on bail set at $ 5 million in cash.
Prosecutors laid out the charges Tuesday afternoon during Brooks’ first court appearance following the horrific attack where he learned of a sixth death – an 8-year-old boy named Jackson Sparks, who died Tuesday of injuries sustained during the massacre. Although Brooks was only charged with five counts of intentional homicide during the hearing for the five confirmed deaths, a sixth charge will likely be laid against Brooks soon in the wake of Sparks’ death. Here are the names of the confirmed victims:
1.) Wilhelm Hospel, 81 years old
2.) Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, 79 years old
3.) LeAnna Owen, 71
4.) Tamara Durand, 52 years old
5.) Jane Kulich, 52
6.) Jackson Sparks, 8
As many as 62 people were injured on Sunday when Brooks allegedly plowed an SUV through crowds of people attending the Waukesha Christmas Parade. Several people, including several children, remain in critical condition.
Brooks’ bail was set at $ 5 million in cash, a remarkable amount given he was released from jail just days before a $ 1,000 bond was attacked despite his long criminal history in several states dating back to 1999. Noted Fox News:
Brooks’ violent past dates back to 1999, when he was charged and later convicted of aggravated bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. More recently, he allegedly ran over a woman and punched her in the face on November 2.
Waukesha District Attorney Susan Opper told Fox News Digital Monday night that her office would ask for “such a high bond that Brooks would have no chance of releasing it.”
Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm has been a strong supporter of bail reform and has even once praised the election of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, known for his leniency towards violent crime policies.
In a statement following the attack, Chisholm said that Darrell Brooks’ “bail recommendation” was “not in line” with his policy:
The bail recommendation, in this case, is not consistent with the Milwaukee County Attorney’s Office’s approach to cases involving violent crime, nor with the defendant’s risk assessment prior to bail. out on bail.
The motive for the alleged attack is still unknown, although police have made it clear that Brooks’ alleged crime was “intentional.”
I am here at #Waukesha The county courthouse awaits the 4 p.m. CT appearance for #waukeshaChristmasParade suspect Darnell Brooks. Police said they recommended five counts of first degree manslaughter and additional charges pic.twitter.com/8LbvWLOxh2
– Stéphanie Pagones (@steph_pagones) 23 November 2021
During Tuesday’s hearing, Brooks reportedly sobbed upon learning that a child had died in the alleged attack. The people of Waukesha filled the courtroom while the charges were read. Fox News reported:
When the bailiffs removed Brooks from the courtroom at the end of his bail hearing, they turned him around to face the full house. They held him here as he watched two women – one resident and the other whose granddaughter witnessed the horror.
“The resident knocked him over and said, ‘Oh my God, God is good’ and made the sign of the cross,” Fox News added.