The father of the person accused of gunning down seven folks throughout a July 4 parade final yr in Illinois pleaded responsible to serving to his son get a gun license regardless of obtrusive warning indicators.
Robert Crimo Jr. pleaded responsible to seven misdemeanors Monday in Lake County courtroom in Illinois and was shortly sentenced to 60 days behind bars starting subsequent week.
He was initially charged with seven reckless endangerment felonies after Robert Crimo III allegedly opened fireplace through the 2022 Independence Day parade in Highland Park.
Crimo Jr. helped his son acquire a gun license in 2019 even after a relative instructed police months earlier than that the then 19-year-old had a cache of knives and threatened to “kill everybody” within the dwelling, authorities beforehand mentioned.
As a end result, a sword, dagger and 15 knives have been quickly confiscated from the suspected mass shooter’s dwelling.
State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart mentioned Monday the daddy additionally knew his son conveyed suicidal ideas earlier than serving to his get the license.
Robert E. Crimo Jr., talks to his legal professional George Gomez Monday. AP
“It was 2 1/2 years later,” he instructed reporters, referring to the time between the gun utility and the mass taking pictures, “however he was nonetheless reckless — he was criminally reckless — the second he submitted that affidavit.”
Crimo Jr., in an unique interview with The Post days after the mass taking pictures, insisted he did nothing flawed main as much as the bloodbath.
“They make me like I groomed him to do all this,” he mentioned of critics. “I’ve been right here my complete life, and I’m gonna keep right here, maintain my head up excessive, as a result of I didn’t do something flawed.”
Crimo Jr’s son is accused of fatally taking pictures seven folks final yr. AP
A drawing of an individual holding a gun is seen on this nonetheless picture taken from a video uploaded by Robert (Bob) E. Crimo III.Robert Crimo by way of REUTERS
Crimo Jr’s protection lawyer George Gomez mentioned Monday Crimo Jr. pleaded responsible to reckless conduct misdemeanors so Highland Park residents didn’t have to relive “these tragic occasions” and to verify the youthful Crimo will get a good trial.
His shopper is afraid proof of the taking pictures that may air throughout his trial might damage Crimo III’s authorized case, Gomez claimed.
“Mr. Crimo finally didn’t need his household to be extra torn aside upon the general public stage than it already is,” Gomez mentioned.
The responsible plea comes with some jail time. AP
Crimo III faces 21 first-degree homicide counts, 48 tried homicide counts and one other 48 counts of aggravated battery.
His trial date has not been set.
He allegedly confessed to being the wicked gunman simply hours after his arrest, prosecutors have mentioned.
With Post wires