Darrell Brooks, who killed six people in a Wisconsin Christmas parade, has been sentenced to life in prison
A life sentence was handed down on Wednesday to Darrell Brooks, the SUV driver who rammed into a Christmas parade in the Milwaukee region, killing six people and injuring dozens more.
Darrell Brooks Jr. was convicted of many felony charges at the end of last month after a jury found him to be responsible for the attack on the 2021 Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The sentencing was handed out by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow a day after victims and family members spoke out about the impact of Brooks’ crime.
Over forty victims and family members testified or sent written statements, almost all of which were quite critical of Brooks.
Brooks delivered a lengthy, two-hour statement before he was sentenced, in which he expressed remorse for what had happened and asked God for forgiveness.
He told the court, “It’s not easy being in the most hated man on this planet,” before adding, “I’m a human being, not a monster.”
In the parade attack trial that ended on October 26, all 76 felony charges against Brooks, 40, of Milwaukee, were upheld.
Six counts of first-degree intentional homicide, sixty-one counts of reckless endangerment, six counts of hit-and-run resulting in death, two counts of bail jumping, and one count of violence were among the charges.
Dorow sentenced Brooks to a combined 762 years in prison on the endangerment charges and six life terms in consecutive order for the homicide crimes.