Darrell Brooks found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide

Defendant Darrell Brooks fights back tears as he makes his opening statement to the jury during his trial in a Waukesha County Circuit Court in Waukesha, Wis., on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. Brooks, who is representing himself during the trial, is charged with driving into a Waukesha Christmas Parade last year, killing six people and injuring dozens more. (Scott Ash/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

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UPDATED 11:38 AM PT – Wednesday, October 26, 2022

After just two hours of deliberation, a Wisconsin jury handed down a long-anticipated verdict in the Waukesha Parade attack case.

On Wednesday, jurors found the defendant, Darrell Brooks, guilty of six counts of a first-degree intentional homicide. He also faces additional verdicts on over 60 counts of recklessly endangering safety.

Brooks was on trial after driving his SUV through a Christmas parade last year. There, he killed six people and injured dozens more.

Brooks represented himself in his trial after retracting his insanity plea in September. His behavior in the courtroom was erratic and he was filled with persistent disruptions.

He is now waiting to be sentenced and faces a lifetime behind bars for his convictions.

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Author: Sophia Flores