$5 million bail set for man accused of plowing through Christmas parade

Court Commissioner Kevin Costello set bail at $5 million for Darrell Brooks Jr., who has been charged in the deaths of five people after driving an SUV through a crowd in Waukesha, Wis. In court, a prosecutor said a sixth person, a child, had died after Sunday’s incident.

Video Transcript

- With that, I will set bail. I have no problem with the bail being recommended by the state. I'm an old guy who has been doing this for almost 40 years. DA's office, criminal defense attorney, 17, 18 years as a commissioner, both in Milwaukee and now in Wakisha. The nature of this offense is shocking. Actually, the detail. I was not expecting here today that two detectives, not laypeople, detectives, not only try to stop this but rendered an opinion that this was an intentional act. You're presumed innocent sir, but that's what the allegations are. And I have not seen anything like this in my very long career.

It seems to be a very strong case for the state. Likelihood of incarceration, which is the other aspect of bail is absolute if you are found guilty of any one of these, a multitude of them, it's a life imprisonment sentence that must be meted out. So I have no problem. I just, with that bail, it's extraordinarily high but it's an extraordinarily big case. It's an extraordinarily serious case with an extraordinary history of this gentleman of fleeing, of hurting people, of not following court orders, not following criminal laws, not following just your societal norms.

So I know that that's extraordinarily high bail. It's warranted here and I am setting cash bail in the amount of $5 million.

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