Darrell Brooks aka Mathboi Fly: What are the charges against Waukesha suspect?
WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN: Darrell Brooks, the suspect apprehended for plowing into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, has officially been charged, police confirmed on November 22, 2021. The rapper, who also goes by the name of MathBoi Fly, is now looking at a life sentence if convicted, adding to his already lengthy criminal record.
Following his arrest, a lot of information has emerged about Brooks. Earlier, we reported on Brooks' large history of crime, including being listed in Nevada's sex offender registry as a Tier 2 offender. Old social media posts of his have also sparked rumors he may be racist and a supporter of Black supremacy. The same red Ford SUV used by Brooks in the parade tragedy has also been seen in several of his music videos, so the Internet had few doubts he was the man responsible.
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Brooks currently has seven open criminal cases against him, and to add to that he's now facing some of the most severe charges possible for killing five people.
Charges against Brooks
Authorities on November 22 said Brooks has been charged with five counts of intentional homicide, which is the legal equivalent of first-degree murder in Wisconsin. The state classifies it as a Class A felony, which carries a minimum sentence of life in prison. So far, he has not been charged with anything else, but additional charges could follow. At the news conference, authorities revealed he was acting alone, and the incident has not been classified as a terrorist attack yet.
The five charges will be added to the many existing Brooks faces. Notably, he is also facing another case of running over a woman. Earlier in November, Brooks reportedly confronted a woman outside a motel and ran over her with his vehicle. He was charged on November 5 over that incident, but let go on a $1,000 bail, which he posted on November 11. CBS Chicago has identified the woman as the mother of his child. That incident also saw Brooks slapped with charges of resisting or obstructing an officer, bail jumping, recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct, and battery.
Brooks is also a wanted man in Nevada, where he failed to register as a sex offender. In 2016, he bailed out after pleading guilty to impregnating a 15-year-old and since left the state. Waukesha authorities didn't comment on that case, but Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm did issue a statement on his November 5 charges. "The bail recommendation in this case is not consistent with the approach of the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office toward matters involving violent crime, nor was it consistent with the risk assessment of the defendant prior to setting of bail," Chisholm said. The DA's office is conducting an internal review of the decision, the statement added.
It is not clear when Brooks is due in court, or how he will plead. We will update you when we know more about that.