Waukesha Christmas Parade Killer Sentenced To Life In Prison

On Wednesday, Darrell Brooks was sentenced to the maximum sentence of life in prison without parole for driving his SUV into a Waukesha, Wis., Christmas parade last year, killing six and injuring many others.

Waukesha Christmas Parade Killer Sentenced To Life In Prison
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Facts

  • On Wednesday, Darrell Brooks was sentenced to the maximum sentence of life in prison without parole for driving his SUV into a Waukesha, Wis., Christmas parade last year, killing six and injuring many others.
  • The sentence comes on 76 charges, including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 61 counts of reckless endangerment.
  • Before the sentence, Brooks made a two-hour statement in which he apologized for his actions and said he had repented to God. Several of his relatives also spoke to apologize to the victims and reiterate Brooks' claims of mental illness.
  • Judge Dorow dismissed these claims, noting that four psychologists had diagnosed him with anti-social personality disorder but that "he understands the difference between right and wrong, and he simply chooses to ignore his conscience."
  • The sentencing came a day after victims spoke before the court demanding Brooks receive the maximum sentence and describing their experiences of searching for their children on the day of the event and dealing with the loss of loved ones.
  • Throughout the trial, Brooks was repeatedly disruptive, with this behavior continuing during Wednesday's sentencing, prompting Judge Dorow to remove him from the courtroom before issuing the sentence.

Sources: NPR Online News, Daily Wire, USA Today, Breitbart, CBS, and Wall Street Journal.

Narratives

  • Narrative A, as provided by The Washington Examiner. While this sentencing is a step forward, it's overshadowed by an alarmingly lax trial. Judge Dorow was far too lenient with Brooks, which not only emboldened him but also set a distressing precedent. With disrespect for the US judicial system only growing, trials like this need to be squashed before others can repeat his behavior.
  • Narrative B, as provided by Evening Standard. Though Brooks tried to use claims of mental illness and disruptive tactics in court, Judge Dorow pushed through what was a harrowing case. She delivered multiple life sentences as sought by the victims — a verdict that attests to the success of the US judicial system.