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American News Jan 12, 2022 11:56 PM EST

Waukesha massacre suspect faces 71 new charges over Christmas parade attack

"Brooks leaned his head out the window to steer because there was a person on the windshield blocking his vision, however, Brooks does not stop but continues driving."

Waukesha massacre suspect faces 71 new charges over Christmas parade attack
Nick Monroe Cleveland, Ohio

The alleged suspect who killed six people in a Christmas parade last year is now facing charges for the dozens of others injured after he rammed his SUV through the crowd.

The last time additional charges were added to the Waukesha massacre suspect's case was an additional count of homicide after 8-year-old victim Jackson Sparks died from his injuries.

According to Fox 6 Milwaukee, prosecutors have amended the criminal complaint to account for the dozens of people injured. The 77 charges overall now total to:

  • "First-degree recklessly endangering safety (61 counts)"
  • The previously mentioned charges of first-degree intentional homicide (six counts)
  • "Hit and run-resulting in death (six counts)"
  • "Felony bail jumping (two counts)"
  • "Misdemeanor battery (two counts)"

Final sentencing over the first-degree intentional homicide charges means life in prison if Darrell Brooks is convicted.

CBS Milwaukee obtained the 32-page amended complaint filed for the court on Wednesday. It outlines how detectives went through each and every instance of Waukesha victims who were struck by the SUV, from where they exactly were, and why they were in the parade to begin with.

"The above-named defendant on or about Sunday, November 21, 2021, on Main Street, in the City of Waukesha, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, did recklessly endanger the safety of" the victims, the document says. They specify a victim identifier in each count, which carries a potential $25,000 fine apiece as well as upwards of 12 years, 6 months in prison.

The report also details what led up to the Waukesha massacre, according to Darrell's ex-girlfriend. She told detectives that Brooks accused her of talking to other guys the day of the massacre. The pair had this fight in Darrell's car when he was driving, where he berated her. While stopped at an intersection, she said she stepped out of the vehicle for her own safety.

It was in November of 2021 when a red SUV allegedly driven by Darrell Brooks crashed through the Waukesha Christmas parade. It left six attendees dead and dozens of others with bodily injuries. In the days following the tragedy, details surfaced surrounding Darrell's use of a vehicle as a weapon earlier that month as well as the light bond issued after the fact.

Authorities expressed regret over the "error" despite Brooks scoring high on the pretrial risk assessment.

Prior to Waukesha, the criminal history of Darrell Brooks included underage sex and threatening to blow up a casino in Nevada.

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