18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse will leave Kenosha with its horrific experience behind him and live life as any young teenager of his age, according to his Defense attorney.
“There are no winners. Kyle now gets to live his life like a free young man,” David Hancock, the Kyle Rittenhouse spokesperson, told Fox6. “He can be an 18-year-old young man.”
According to the spokesperson, Rittenhouse would resume his prerequisites education at Arizona State University for nursing.
“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure he can live a normal life moving forward,” Hancock added.
The defense attorney for Rittenhouse, Mark Richards, said the teenager would eventually regain his “anonymity” walking out of the homicide trial.
“He has to get on with his life the best he can,” said Richards, according to CBS58.
The lawyer believed Rittenhouse would not come back to Kenosha, a place he described as being “too dangerous,” citing the death threats they have received.
“To me, it’s scary how many death threats we’ve had. I was answering my phone on the way back from court in Kenosha. My office isn’t that far. After the third death threat, I quit answering the phone,” Richards added.
On Friday, Nov. 19, Kyle Rittenhouse walked out of the Kenosha County Circuit Court acquitted of all the serious charges that would have sent him to prison for life after killing two people and injuring a third during civil unrest last August with his AR-15.
The verdict echoed the teenager’s recall that he acted in self-defense when the men chased after him. Rittenhouse killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz.
Friday’s verdict was a relief to many but disappointing to those who want justice for the death of the two men Rittenhouse killed while in fear for his life.
“I don’t think anybody is surprised at a system failure,” said the girlfriend of Anthony Huber.
Reacting to the jury’s final decision, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) urged peace and no more violence.
“We must move forward, together, more united and more motivated to build the sort of future we want for our state. One that is just, one that is equitable, and one where every person has the resources and opportunity to thrive—and I will not stop working to achieve that vision,” Evers’ statement reads.