Darrell Brooks’ sentencing Nov 15-16, he ‘plans to appeal’

Darrell Brooks will be sentenced Nov. 15-16 following his conviction on 76 charges in connection with the November 2021 Waukesha Christmas parade attack.

Brooks appeared before Judge Jennifer Dorow on Monday, Oct. 31 to schedule that sentencing and handle other logistics related to the hearing.

Deputy District Attorney Lesli Boese said 36 victims were expected to speak at the sentencing, and estimated it could take 4 to 4.5 hours. Brooks said “20 or more” people would speak on his behalf. Brooks brought his Milwaukee court cases and said people would travel to speak on his behalf at sentencing, but noted concerns about jeopardizing the Milwaukee cases. He asked for more time and more information.

“I always have to prepare,” said Brooks. “It would be a great help – great benefit – to tie up some loose ends.

Boese said he wanted sentencing completed by Nov. 21, 2022, the one-year anniversary of the parade attack.

Dorow scheduled sentencing for Nov. 15-16 and said he would make Zoom available to victims/families for that sentencing hearing.

Brooks says: ‘I plan to appeal’

Among other things addressed in court during Monday’s hearing, Judge Dorow dismissed all search warrants in this case now that the trial is over. Dorow presented a copy of a letter to Brooks stating that all search warrants would be unblocked on Nov. 1 and offered an explanation, asking Brooks if he had any legal objections to the unblocking of those search warrants.

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Brooks objected and said he didn’t understand. Dorow explained that the search warrants would become public records. Despite her objections, Dorow ordered them locked up.

Brooks mentioned a letter sent to Judge Dorow indicating he was on “suicide protocol.” He said he was placed on probation after his sentencing on Wednesday, October 26.

His letter further read: “I plan to appeal my conviction, will address Monday in court.”

Testimony on ‘chain shock’

Brooks also brought up “shock trauma,” saying it was a “fact” that he wore them during the trial. Dorow went on the record about this issue and said it was incorrect. He said the deputies would provide photos. The judge ordered the images to remain under seal because releasing them to the public would create a security issue for future trials.

“I think the public should know there was a shock device in my ankle,” Brooks said.

“There was no shock device,” said Dorow. “I have the pictures.”

“The public should know that I had a shock device on my ankle,” Brooks said.

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Less than 15 minutes into the hearing, Dorow moved Brooks to the adjacent courtroom due to his continued outbursts. Dorow said he was disturbed and challenged the court several times.

With Brooks mute, Dorow said it was “absolutely false” that Brooks had a stun belt, explaining that he had a soft strap attached to the table and that this was done for his benefit to shield the jury from seeing that he was in prison.

Nicholas Kibler, a deputy with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, testified that soft restraints — not electronics — were used. Dorow asked if any other type of electronic or stun device was used, and Kibler said “no.”

“You can’t practice law on the bench. None of your deputies told me they were shock devices?” Brooks said.

“It was either me or another deputy who put them on and he never told you they were electronic,” said Kibler.

Kibler said the restrictions would limit Brooks’ movement, giving deputies time to bring him under control.

Brooks and Dorow argued before Kibler resigned from the stand. Dorow asked him to submit the names of any and all deputies involved if he had them.

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Even after his convictions, Brooks again brought up the subject matter of jurisdiction during Monday’s hearing.

Brooks is convicted

A jury found Brooks guilty of all counts Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack that took place on Nov. 21, 2021. The jury deliberated for less than three hours. This, after a trial of more than three weeks that was, perhaps, unlike any other we have seen. Brooks was convicted of all 76 counts, including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Brooks faces mandatory life in prison for each of the six first-degree intentional homicide convictions. In addition, he was convicted on 70 other charges in the Waukesha Christmas parade attack.

Dorow must decide the sentences. The judge will also whether one or all will be concurrent or consecutive.

During the sentencing, there is a chance for victims and their families to make impact statements. Brooks will also get an opportunity to address the court and the community.

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If Brooks were to appeal his convictions, all of this would have to happen after sentencing. Under Wisconsin law, Brooks has 20 days to file a notice of appeal after his conviction.


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