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The man accused of plowing his SUV into a Christmas parade in Wisconsin over the weekend is a convicted sex offender with a lengthy criminal record and alleged history of violence against women.
Darrell Brooks Jr., 39, has been charged with five counts of murder for allegedly driving through the holiday parade in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha on Sunday. Five people were killed and at least 48 were injured during the chaotic incident.
His impending court appearance will hardly be his first venture into a courtroom as online records reveal Brooks has two open criminal cases and at least six other convictions for violent behavior in Milwaukee County. This isn’t even the first time he’s been accused of running over someone with a car. One of the pending cases against Brooks involves accusations that he ran over the mother of his child in a parking lot earlier this month after punching her. Brooks was actually out on a $1,000 cash as a result of that incident, a bail amount that Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm called “inappropriately low,” according to NBC News.
In addition to being accused of multiple incidents of domestic violence, Brooks is also a convicted sex offender after being found guilty in 2006 of felony statutory sexual seduction for impregnating a 15-year-old girl. There is a warrant out for Brooks’ arrest in Nevada for allegedly failing to appear at a 2016 court hearing in regards to an earlier failure to notify authorities about a move, NBC News reports. Sex offenders are required to notify officials when they relocate.
Brooks’ history of violence doesn’t stop there. He pleaded no contest to felony strangulation and suffocation in 2010, according to online records. After he violated the terms of his probation in connection with that incident, he was sentenced to 11 months behind bars. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor resisting or obstructing an officer in 2011, which led to a 37-day jail sentence. The first mark on his criminal record is from 1999 with an arrest for battery, a charge he pleaded guilty to and for which he was sentenced to six months behind bars.
Brooks is scheduled to make an appearance in court on Tuesday in regards to the deadly parade incident. Four women who range in age from 52 to 79 and an 81-year-old man died as a result of the chaos. Eighteen children ages 3 to 16 are among the injured. Six were listed in critical condition.
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