The Wisconsin man who drove his car through a Christmas parade last year said he didn't plan it, according to Click on Detroit.
Darrell Brooks Jr. drove his Ford Escape through a Christmas parade in downtown Waukesha on November 21, 2021, following a fight with his ex-girlfriend. Six people were killed in the incident, including an 8-year-old boy who had been walking in the parade with his baseball team. Many others were injured. Last month, a jury convicted Brooks of 76 charges, including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 61 counts of reckless endangerment.
“People are going to, like I said, believe what they want, and that's OK. This needs to be said: What happened on Nov. 21, 2021, was not, not, not an attack. It was not planned, plotted," Brooks said, adding later: “This was not an intentional act. No matter how many times you say it over and over, it was not.”
He also said that he has suffered from mental illness since he was young, but he didn't explain his motive or offer any insight as to what was going through his mind when he plowed through the parade route. He did, however, offer his first apology to those he has impacted.
“I want you to know that not only am I sorry for what happened, I'm sorry that you could not see what's truly in my heart," Brooks said. "That you cannot see the remorse that I have.”
Each homicide count carries a mandatory life sentence. Brooks also faces hundreds of years in prison on the remaining charges.