Wisconsin Hit-and-Run Verdict
A Wisconsin jury yesterday convicted 40-year-old Darrell Brooks Jr. of killing six people and injuring at least 60 others in November after his SUV slammed into a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha.
Brooks was found guilty of all 76 charges in the deadly hit-and-run, including six counts of intentional homicide and 61 counts of recklessly endangering safety. Each homicide count carries a mandatory life sentence, while each of the counts for reckless endangerment carries a maximum sentence of more than 17 years in prison.
Brooks, who pleaded not guilty in February, had represented himself at trial after firing his public defenders. He also initially pleaded guilty by insanity and later withdrew the plea. The trial was marked by a series of clashes between Brooks and the judge, including Brooks arguing with the judge and taking his shirt off after being removed from the courtroom.