DARRELL Brooks, the suspect in the Waukesha Christmas Parade that killed six and injured multiple others, is now facing 71 new charges Wednesday.

Waukesha Christmas Parade suspect, Darrell Brooks, is facing 71 new charges in connection to the crash that killed six people

Originally, Brooks, 39, was charged with five counts of intentional homicide. But an amended criminal complaint was filed, adding the new charges.

Darrell E. Brooks Jr., 39, is set for a preliminary hearing Friday in the case. The dozens of counts of recklessly endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon cover threats and injuries to the many parade participants and spectators at the Nov. 21 event. The charges each carry a possible penalty of 12½ years in prison.

The amended complaint identifies the 67 victims in the separate counts with letters, from A to Z, AA to ZZ, and AAA to OOO. They were from eight groups marching in the parade, and some spectators, struck along a five-block stretch. 

The criminal complaint claims that Brooks had ignored several attempts to stop him. He allegedly did hit the brakes at one point but turned into the crowd and began to accelerate.

There is at least one charge for each person that was injured during the incident on November 21.

The six victims were identified as Wilhelm Hospel, 81; Virginia Sorenson, 79; Leanna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; Jane Kulich, 5; and Jackson Sparks was the youngest victim at age 8.

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

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Friday in the case.


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