- Someone shouted for a Wisconsin man to “burn in hell” as he was convicted in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack.
- Darrell Brooks was found guilty of all 76 criminal charges against him in connection to last year’s deadly attack.
- Six people were killed and dozens were wounded when Brooks plowed an SUV into a parade crowd.
A court audience member shouted profanity and was thrown out of the courtroom as a Wisconsin man was convicted on Wednesday of killing six people and wounding dozens of others when he plowed an SUV into a Christmas parade crowd in the state last year.
“Burn in hell you piece of shit,” the man shouted from the gallery of the Waukesha County courtroom at Darrell Brooks as the jury’s verdict was read aloud by Judge Jennifer R. Dorow.
Dorow immediately had the man — whose identity was not clear — taken out of the courtroom.
“Hey, you are to be removed right now. You will not do that,” Dorow told the person.
Brooks, 40, was found guilty of all 76 criminal charges against him, which included six counts of first-degree intentional homicide in connection to the Nov. 21, 2021 attack in the small Wisconsin city of Waukesha.
The six people killed in the rampage included an 8-year-old boy, and more than a dozen other children were injured in the attack.
Brooks faces a mandatory life sentence in prison for the convictions.
Brooks — who represented himself during the chaotic three-week trial — sat silent with his head bowed and hands clasped in front of his forehead as Dorow read the jury’s verdict.
The trial had been regularly interrupted with outbursts from Brooks, who was removed from the courtroom several times for interrupting the judge.
The city of Waukesha said in a statement following the verdict that it was “glad that the trial is over and that justice will be served.”
“Over the past weeks, many in our community have had to re-live the trauma of last year’s Christmas Parade tragedy. We know the pain and horror that this has brought,” said the city.
Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly added that he was “thankful that the jury found the defendant guilty on all counts.”
“We can now re-focus on taking steps forward as a community and continue the healing process,” Reilly said.