MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin prosecutors indicted the man facing six counts of homicide during the Waukesha Christmas parade on Wednesday with 71 other counts.
Darrel E. Brooks Jr., 39, is due for a preliminary hearing Friday in the case. Investigators believe he drove an SUV in a Christmas parade in November, killing six and injuring more than 60 in the suburban Wisconsin community.
Dozens of Charges Against Brooks recklessly endanger safety by using a dangerous weapon to cover threats and injuries to the many parade participants and spectators during the November 21 event. The charges are each punishable by a sentence of 7.5 years in prison.
Prosecutors also added six counts of hit and run causing death, for the same six deaths already charged with first degree intentional homicide, two counts of bail and two counts of domestic violence. Hit and run offenses resulting in death are punishable by 15 years in prison.
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According to the amended complaint, the two misdemeanor domestic violence charges involved Brooks’ girlfriend and incidents at Frame Park during the parade and the day before.
Court records show Brooks was charged with endangerment in Milwaukee County in July 2020, but posted $ 500 bail in March. He was arrested again in Milwaukee County on November 5 for allegedly running over the mother of his child with his SUV. He was released from prison two days before the parade after posting $ 1,000 bail.
Brooks’ attorney Jeremy Perri did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. Brooks was held in Waukesha County Jail on $ 5 million bail.
He is due to return to court on Friday morning for a preliminary hearing.
Contribute: The Associated Press.
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