Waukesha Christmas Parade attack: Darrell Brooks faces 71 new charges

Darrell Brooks, the suspect in the deadly Christmas parade attack in Wisconsin, now faces 77 charges stemming from the incident, which left six dead and over 60 injured
Darrell Brooks, the suspect in the deadly Christmas parade attack in Wisconsin, now faces 77 charges stemming from the incident, which left six dead and over 60 injured (Pictures: Waukesha County Sheriff/ZUMA Press Wire)

Darrell Brooks, the sole suspect in the deadly Christmas parade attack that killed six and injured at least 62 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, faces 71 new charges Wednesday following the filing of an amended criminal complaint.

Brooks had previously been charged with five counts of intentional homicide. The 77 charges he now faces include: first-degree intentional homicide (six-counts), first-degree recklessly endangering safety (61 counts), hit and run resulting in death (two counts), misdemeanor battery (two counts).

Prosecutors say Brooks drove his SUV through the Waukesha Christmas parade route in November, intentionally swerving his vehicle with the intent of hitting marchers and spectators.

Brooks ignored several attempts to stop him, according to the criminal complaint, according to FOX6.

He hit the brakes at one point, but instead of turning away from the parade route, he turned into the crowd and appeared to rapidly accelerate, the complaint said.

There appears to be at least one charge for each person injured in the November 21 incident, which wrecked an entire community just before the holiday season.

The motive behind the tragedy remains unknown. Investigators have said Brooks was allegedly fleeing the scene of a domestic dispute when he turned into the parade, but police were not pursuing him. 

Six people died and more than 60 people were injured after prosecutors say Brooks sped his car into the crowd at the parade.

Three of those killed were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a local staple at holiday parades for over four decades. The group lost Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; and Tamara Durand, 52, who was performing as a Dancing Grannie for the first time.

Wilhelm Hospel, 81, whose wife Lola is a member of the dance group, was killed after being struck. Jane Kulich, a 52-year-old Citizens Bank teller who had been marching just behind the dance group with her company’s float, was also killed.

Jackson Sparks, 8, who was walking in the parade along with his brother, was also killed when the vehicle plowed through the Christmas celebration.

Brooks is in Waukesha County Jail on $5 million bond for the Waukesha parade tragedy.

Each first-degree intentional homicide charge carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted.

The 39-year-old is set for a preliminary hearing Friday in the case.

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