6th Intentional Homicide Charge Added For Driver Who Crashed Into Wisconsin Christmas Parade

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A sixth intentional homicide was added to charges against Darrell Brooks Jr., allegedly the driver who drove his SUV through a Wisconsin Christmas parade.

The sixth charge is for victim Jackson Sparks, an 8-year-old boy who was walking in the parade with his 12-year-old brother Tucker, who was also injured in the crash, The Associated Press reported. If convicted, each charge has a life sentence.

Investigators allege that Brooks, 39 turned into the parade route in Waukesha on Nov. 21 and drove his vehicle side-to-side without touching his brakes, hitting dozens of people. It was announced later that night by police that five people had died.

Brooks was arrested after he knocked on someone's door asking for help calling for a ride.

Earlier this month, Brooks had been charged with a different case on Nov. 5, in which he used his SUV to run over the mother of his child on Nov. 2, according to FOX6 News Milwaukee.

The same day he was charged, Brooks received a pre-trial safety risk assessment, according to a document FOX6 found. The form, filed by a JusticePoint investigator, is used to aid the court in deciding bail. The assessment deemed Brooks as a Level 4 risk for failure to appear, as well as a Level 6 risk for new criminal activity, meaning he is more likely to not appear and commit a new crime. The document also said that Brooks is on an active hold with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office and that he is diagnosed with a "serious and persistent illness in which he is not receiving treatment for."

Court Commissioner Cedrid Cornwall set Brooks' bail low despite concerns. Brooks was able to post bail on Nov. 19. Brooks' current bail is set at $5 million, with a preliminary hearing on Jan. 14.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

Darrell Brooks Jr. Christmas Parade, 6th Charge
This undated photo provided by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department shows Darrell Brooks, the suspect in a Christmas parade crash in suburban Milwaukee. An 8-year-old boy became the sixth person to die Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 as a result of Brooks allegedly driving his SUV into a suburban Milwaukee Christmas parade. Waukesha County Sheriff's Department via AP

Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper filed five counts of first-degree intentional homicide against Brooks on Nov. 23, for victims ranging in age from 52 to 81.

Willy Medina, a spokesman for the state public defender's office, which is representing Brooks, declined to comment on the added count.

Brooks' alleged motive remains unknown. Investigators have said he was fleeing the scene of a domestic dispute when he turned into the parade but police were not pursuing him. He was free on $1,000 bail in a Milwaukee County case earlier in November in which he is accused of intentionally striking a woman with his car.

Intentional Homicide, Darrell Brook Jr., Christmas Parade
Darrell Brooks Jr., the man who allegedly drove his SUV into the Waukesha Christmas Parade, had been charged with using his SUV in another crime earlier this month, running over the mother of his child. In this photo, memorials placed along Main Street in downtown Waukesha Wisconsin left in areas where people were hit by a driver plowing into the Christmas parade on Main Street in downtown November 22, 2021 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Jim Vondruska/Getty Images
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