The man accused of murdering five after mowing them down in his car during a Wisconsin holiday parade once pleaded with a judge that he was ‘not some monster’.
Darrell Brooks, 39, has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide but more charges are expected to follow after an eight-year-old boy was named as his sixth victim Tuesday night.
Brooks was offered $5 million bail earlier on Tuesday when he appeared in court wearing a green-padded suicide prevention gown, sobbing as an attorney put her arm around his shoulders to comfort him.
And now, it has been revealed that in 2007, Brooks wrote to Nevada Judge Robert Perry to tell him that he was ‘not some monster’.
It has been revealed that Darrell Brooks, 39, who has been accused of murdering five after mowing them down in his car during a Wisconsin holiday parade, once previously pleaded with a judge that he was ‘not some monster’ during a separate incident in 2007
Court documents have revealed that in 2007, Brooks wrote to Nevada Judge Robert Perry to tell him that he was ‘not some monster’ (pictured), as part of a plea for leniency after he violated probation after he admitted molesting a 15-year-old girl in 2006
In 2006, Brooks (pictured at the time) was convicted in a Nevada court for statutory rape after he had sex with a minor. Brooks was 24 years old at the time of his conviction
Court documents obtained by the NY Post also showed that, asking for the judge to show leniency, Brooks said he had been diagnosed bipolar and manic depressive at the age of 12.
His plea to the Nevada judge came amidst repeated probation violations after he admitted molesting a 15-year-old girl in 2006.
At the time, he claimed not to have known that his victim had been under-16, going so far as to blame the victim for having ‘fooled’ him, in the court documents.
He had been arrested on September 28, 2006, and charged with statutory sexual seduction and contributing to the delinquency of a minor after allegedly having sex with the teenager at an apartment in the city of Sparks.
The case was settled after he pleaded guilty to the first charge and was ordered not to contact the victim, her mother or her grandmother.
After failing to be placed in two separate post-release treatment programs, Books was released into a halfway house.
Terrifying video footage captured the moment Darrell Brooks, 39, plowed through the Christmas parade which had killed six victims and injured 62
While there, he was spotted meeting with his victim and reportedly contacted her multiple times over the phone using a stolen phone card from another Washoe County jail inmate – but was eventually released anyway.
Books then skipped the court case, forfeiting a $10,000 bond, and an active Nevada arrest warrant was still open for Brooks when he was arrested by Wisconsin police on Sunday.
It comes after GoFundMe removed a crowdfunding effort aimed at raising $5million toward bail for Brooks – who was arraigned in court on Tuesday.
Waukesha Court Commissioner Kevin M. Costello set bail at $5million – a move that sparked anger considering Brooks’ violent past that includes convictions for felonies.
At the time of the Waukesha incident, Brooks was out on $1,000 bail after he was arrested earlier this month for allegedly trying to run over the mother of his child with his car.
The GoFundMe page was initially posted by someone who identified themselves as James Norton of Waukesha.
Brooks was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide but more charges are expected to follow after an eight-year-old boy was named as his sixth victim Tuesday night
‘On November 21st, 2021 our dear friend Darrell Brooks was arrested for allegedly driving his car into a parade, as someone who knows Darrell personally I can tell you that he would NEVER do such a thing and I know he is innocent of what he was charged with,’ Norton wrote.
‘Clearly there is more to the story the media is not telling us and I am seeking to raise the bail so Darrell can be released and speak his truth to his side of the story in this tragic situation that sees another black man behind bars in a purely political and racist trial.
‘There is no excuse for this continued treatment of black Americans by prosecutors around the country, everyone must be presumed innocent until proven guilty and we ask that he be treated equally as anyone else in this country would be treated and he should be released until found guilty.’
The message ended with the hashtags #BLM, #IStandWithDarrell, #NoJusticeNoPeace, and #RacismIsReal.
A GoFundMe spokesperson told DailyMail.com on Wednesday that the crowdfunding page violated its terms of service and that Norton has been banned from using the site.
GoFundMe removed a crowdfunding effort aimed at raising $5million toward bail for Brooks, saying that the campaign violated their terms of service
‘Fundraisers with misuse are very rare, and we take all complaints very seriously. Our team works with law enforcement to report issues and assists them in any investigations they deem necessary,’ the spokesperson said.
Brooks rocked back and forth in his seat and cried throughout his court hearing on Tuesday, his attorney’s arm on his back, as the charges against him were detailed.
His bail was set at $5million, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for January 14.
‘The nature of this offense is shocking,’ said Costello.
Additional charges related to the sixth death and the more than 60 people injured will be coming later this week or next, said Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper.
The criminal complaint said 62 people were injured, up from the 48 previously announced by police.
Police officers are seen on November 21, 2021, walking through debris that had been left by the crowd following the attack
The streets were closed on the parade route as the crash was being investigated on November 22, 2021
Brooks is accused of speeding away from police and entering the Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday night, refusing to stop even as an officer banged on the hood of his SUV. Another officer fired three shots into the vehicle, but it did not stop.
Five people ranging in age from 52 to 81 were pronounced dead within hours.
Jackson Sparks, 8, was the first of many injured children to have died.
He was walking in the parade with his 12-year-old brother Tucker, who was injured in the crash and was being discharged from the hospital, according to his GoFundMe page.
‘This afternoon, our dear Jackson has sadly succumbed to his injuries and passed away,’ the page’s organizer, Alyssa Albro, wrote.
The city’s livestream video and bystander video captured the chaotic scene when an SUV sped along the parade route and then into the crowd. Several of those injured remain in critical condition.
According to the criminal complaint, witnesses told police that the vehicle ‘appeared to be intentionally moving side to side,’ with no attempt to slow down or stop as it struck multiple people and sent bodies and objects flying.
Brooks ignored several attempts to stop him, according to the criminal complaint.
A detective — wearing police insignia and a neon orange safety vest — stepped in front of Brooks’ vehicle and pounded on the hood, shouting ‘Stop,’ several times but Brooks drove past him, according to the complaint.
A uniformed police officer who saw Brooks’ SUV traveling toward the parade route also tried to get his attention, yelling ‘Stop, stop the vehicle’ several times but was ignored, according to the complaint.
The officer ‘observed the driver looking straight ahead, directly at him, and it appeared he had no emotion on his face,’ the complaint said.
Brooks braked 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.
Another police officer shot at the vehicle, striking it three times as it entered the parade route. Brooks was not hit by the bullets, the Waukesha police chief said Monday.
The complaint said one witness who spoke with police said the SUV ‘continued to drive in a zig zag motion. It was like the SUV was trying to avoid vehicles, not people. There was no attempt made by the vehicle to stop, much less slow down.’
The Christmas parade began on Sunday at 4pm, with participants starting at Main St. and Whiterock Ave. It was always intended to be a short parade, ending half a mile away at the northeast corner of Cutler Park. At 4.39pm, the red SUV is filmed speeding down Main Street. It smashed into the crowd, and sent bodies flying, before carrying on down towards the end of the parade, where the car broke through barriers. The SUV was found less than five blocks away and the driver was taken into custody
Waukesha Police Chief Dan Thompson said Brooks was leaving the scene of a domestic dispute that had taken place just minutes earlier when he drove into the parade route.
He had been free on $1,000 bail for a case in Milwaukee County earlier in November in which he’s accused of intentionally striking a woman with his car.
Prosecutors said they’re investigating their bail recommendation in that case, calling it inappropriately low.
Brooks has been charged with crimes more than a dozen times since 1999, mostly in Wisconsin but also in Georgia and Nevada, and had two outstanding cases against him at the time of the parade disaster.
That included resisting or obstructing an officer, reckless endangering, disorderly conduct, bail jumping and battery for the November 2 incident.
Thompson said that there was no evidence the bloodshed Sunday was a terrorist attack or that Brooks knew anyone in the parade. Brooks acted alone, the chief said.