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Darrell Brooks, charged with killing five people and injuring nearly 50 after plowing through a Christmas parade with his sport utility vehicle on November 21, appears in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis., November 23, 2021. (Mark Hoffman/Pool via Reuters)

Darrell Brooks, the suspect  in the Waukesha car-collision massacre that left multiple people dead and dozens wounded, appeared in court on Tuesday, where he was charged with five counts of intentional homicide.

After the incident, in which an individual driving an SUV plowed into a crowd attending a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., on Sunday, Brooks was identified as the primary suspect and was taken into custody by law enforcement. As of Tuesday, there were six confirmed victims, among them some elderly and an eight-year-old boy. Personnel interrupted the proceedings Tuesday to inform the court commissioner of the sixth fatality.

A count of first-degree homicide is classified as a Class A felony that receives a mandatory life sentence for each count the defendant is convicted of.

The prosecution noted that Brooks had a long criminal history prior to the car crash, including violent offenses such as domestic abuse, battery, disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering safety, bail-jumping felony, and resisting or obstructing an officer. When he committed the crime Sunday, Brooks faced multiple pending cases in Milwaukee County involving second-degree reckless endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“There’s a long history of flights, obstructing, bail jumping type behavior, Your Honor,” the prosecution said. They said that Brooks failed to appear in court in the past for a number of charges, noting that this raises “very significant concerns about Mr. Brooks’ flight history and willingness to obey the law.”

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