On Tuesday, Nov. 23, Darrell Brooks, 39, appeared to cry in court when he was charged for the Waukesha Christmas Parade attack in Wisconsin, which resulted in the death of the 6th victim.
Brooks faced five counts of first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the attack on the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Nov. 21.
However, after the death of Jackson Sparks, 8, who had been in serious condition after the attack, prosecutor Susan Opper stated he would face six charges.
Each count of homicide carries the possibility of a life sentence without parole. The death penalty is not permitted in Wisconsin.
His bail has been set at $5 million
“Not only flight risk but the dangerousness that he presents, his history of violence and the allegations in this complaint where it is stated plainly that on several occasions he was told to stop by police officers,” Opper said. “They risked their own safety to try and step in front of the car to stop him.” Opper told Waukesha County Court Commissioner Kevin Costello in court.
Authorities now claim 62 people were hurt in the incident, including children still in serious condition, as the New York Post reported.
According to documents, Brooks had another ongoing assault charge from July 2020, but was released in March 2021 when his $7,500 bail was reduced to just $500, and he also had an open sex assault record in Nevada.
Brooks is accused of driving a red Ford Escape SUV into the parade mowing down people without making any attempt at avoidance.
The complaint said that two police attempted to stop the SUV by yelling and knocking on the hood but were knocked aside by the vehicle.
According to Opper, Brooks has an extensive criminal record that spans three states—Wisconsin, Nevada, and Georgia—including charges of bail-jumping, resisting arrest, and obstruction.
Despite having no past criminal convictions in Waukesha, the prosecution stated he has an ongoing paternity case from 2003.
“There’s been returned court appearances over the years based on failure to pay child support,” Opper said, adding that he has already been detained for not doing so.