MADISON, Wis., (WTVO) — Darrell Brooks, the man convicted of running his car through last year’s Waukesha Christmas parade, has been sentenced to life in prison.
Brooks made a final statement Wednesday after being convicted on all 76 counts against him. He said that he did not plan the attack and apologized to victims for the first time.
He spoke for over two hours, going from remorseful to defiant. Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow forced him out of the courtroom at one point for interrupting her.
Brooks said that people do not understand what it is like to battle mental health issues.
Dorow set Darrell Brooks’ sentencing for Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 to accommodate dozens of people who wanted to speak at the proceeding. Brooks said he anticipated that about nine people would speak on his behalf.
A jury convicted Brooks of 76 counts in connection with the Nov. 21, 2021, incident in Waukesha. The charges include six counts of first-degree intentional homicide and 61 counts of recklessly endangering safety.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.