On Tuesday, Nov. 16, the jury began deliberations in the murder trial of Kenosha Rittenhouse, with the goal of determining his sentence. The teen could walk free or face up to a mandatory life sentence, New York Post reported.
Kyle Rittenhouse faced a slew of charges after shooting three men, killing two of them and wounding the third, during a rally against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.
Rittenhouse claims that he fired in self-defense after the men attacked him.
Judge Bruce Schroeder already dismissed a misdemeanor case against Rittenhouse, who is now 18 years old, for illegally possessing the AR-15-style rifle he used in the shootings on Nov. 15.
These are the charges the jury is deliberating:
1. First-degree reckless homicide
This felony charge stems from the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Rittenhouse’s first victim.
Video at the trial showed Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse down a street and throwing a bag at him, while Rittenhouse shouted “Friendly, friendly, friendy.”
Before Rosenbaum caught up to Rittenhouse and lunged at him, a third person fired a shot into the air, then Rittenhouse fired at Rosenbaum.
Richie McGinniss, a reporter who was following Rittenhouse at the time, backed up the teen’s claim that Rosenbaum lunged for Rittenhouse’s gun, resulting in the shooting.
It is important to highlight that Rosenbaun had criminal records according to Wisconsin Right Now.
Reckless homicide differs from intentional homicide, as it is considered that there was no plan to murder. For a conviction, the jury must decide that Rittenhouse caused the death with “utter disregard for human life.”
The charge carries a maximum sentence of 60 years in jail.
2. First-degree recklessly endangering safety
This felony charge is connected to the Rosenbaum shooting. Rittenhouse is accused of risking the life of videographer McGinnis, who was directly behind Rosenbaum when the first fatal shooting occurred.
McGinnis was the closest witness and his testimony became essential to the defense team as it supports the “self-defense” argument.
This charge carries a fine of up to $25,000 and up to 12 1/2 years in prison.
3. First-degree recklessly endangering safety
An unidentified man leaped at Rittenhouse and attempted to kick him seconds before Anthony Huber approached him on his skateboard. Rittenhouse appeared to fire two shots at the man, but apparently missed as he run.
Just as the second charge above, this felony faces the same $25,000 fine and 12 1/2 years in prison.
4. First-degree intentional homicide
This charge stems from Huber’s death. Anthony Huber, 26, was seen on video leaping at the teen, hitting him with his skateboard before Rittenhouse fired.
Intentional homicide indicates that someone killed someone with the intent to do so. The charge is punishable by a mandatory life sentence.
In Huber’s death, the jury had the option of charging him with second-degree intentional homicide or first-degree reckless homicide, both punishable by up to 60 years in prison.
Huber also had criminal records.
5. Attempted first-degree intentional homicide
This is the charge for wounding Gaige Grosskreutz wih a gunshot, 27, in the arm.
Grosskreutz, the lone survivor of the shooting, admitted in court that he was only shot when he raised his handgun at the teen.
Grosskreutz also holds criminal past records.
The accusation carries a maximum sentence of 60 years.