A jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse, a white teenager, on five counts of Friday felony, clearing him for the murder of three white men, two of whom were fatal, during street protests in the city on August 8. … February 25, 2020, when a black man was shot dead by a white police officer.
The charges are numbered in the order they appear in the amended felony complaint, which does not list them in order of severity (the most serious is clause 4). The charges that are known in other states as murder are called murders in Wisconsin.
In his instructions to the jury, Judge Schroeder said the jury could consider sentencing Mr. Rittenhouse on less severe charges on some of the charges.
First Degree Reckless Murder
Wisconsin law defines this crime as the reckless infliction of death on another person in circumstances that demonstrate total disregard for human life. The prosecutor’s office does not have to prove intent to kill. Mr Rittenhouse was charged with this crime in connection with the death of the first person he shot, Joseph D. Rosenbaum… This is a Class B felony and carries a penalty of up to 60 years in prison.
Count 2 and 3
Reckless First Degree Security Threat
The law defines this crime as a reckless threat to the safety of another person in circumstances that demonstrate complete disregard for human life. Mr. Rittenhouse was charged with this crime for shooting two people he did not hit: Richard McGinnis and unknown man… The offense is a Class F felony and carries a basic sentence of up to 12 and a half years in prison, a fine of up to $ 25,000, or both on each of the two counts.
Intentional murder in the first degree
A crime similar to murder in the first degree in other states is defined as causing death to another person with intent to kill that person or someone else, without certain mitigating circumstances specified by law. Mr Rittenhouse indicted for death Anthony M. Huber, the second person he shot. This is a Class A felony and carries a life sentence.
The judge told the jury that they should also consider whether Mr. Rittenhouse is guilty of first degree murder or reckless murder in the first degree in connection with Mr. Huber’s death.
Attempted first degree murder
Attempting to commit murder in the first degree is a Class B felony under Wisconsin law. Mr Rittenhouse indicted in connection with the shooting Gyge P. Grosskreutzwho was hit and wounded. He is punishable by a basic sentence of up to 60 years in prison.
The judge told the jury that they should also consider whether Mr. Rittenhouse is guilty of attempted murder in the second degree or of recklessly posing a first degree security threat in connection with the shooting of Mr. Grosskreutz.