Darrell Brooks was convicted of six murder charges for plowing his SUV through a packed street in Wisconsin last November
Darrell Brooks looks to the prosecution during his trial in Waukesha, Wisconsin, October 26, 2022 © AP / Mike De Sisti
A Wisconsin jury has found Darrell Brooks guilty of six counts of first-degree homicide for driving his SUV through a crowded Christmas parade in the city of Waukesha last November. Brooks mounted a bizarre defense of himself in court, shouting at the judge and hiding behind a cardboard box at one point.
After three hours of deliberation, the jury found Brooks guilty of the six homicide charges, as well as 61 counts of reckless endangerment, six counts of fatal hit and run, two bail jumping charges and a domestic abuse misdemeanor. He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
Brooks – who was out on bail on the day of the massacre for hitting his girlfriend with the same vehicle – drove through a barricade and swerved through the crowd for several blocks, killing six people and injuring 62. Brooks pleaded not guilty to all charges, and chose to defend himself as a “sovereign citizen,” or someone who refuses to acknowledge the authority of the legal system.