Wisconsin DA admits driver who ran over parade participants was released on low bail

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said on Monday that the alleged driver of an SUV who ran over numerous people in a Waukesha Christmas parade on Sunday was released on an “inappropriately low” bail amount, The Daily Wire reports. 

“The state made a cash bail request in this case of $1,000, which was set by the court. The defendant posted $1,000 cash bail on November 11, resulting in his release from custody,” Chisholm’s office said in a statement.

“The State’s bail recommendation in this case was inappropriately low in light of the nature of the recent charges and the pending charges against [the suspect]. 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,” the statement added.

The driver

The suspect’s crimes included bail jumping, battery, obstructing an officer, and disorderly conduct.

The individual was a 39-year-old Black male who reportedly killed five people and wounded dozens of others by driving over participants in a Christmas parade.

The SUV was stopped by police and taken into custody.

The victims

Five adults have died from the incident. As of this writing, at least 10 children are also in intensive care, including members of a dance group.

The names of the five victims were released by Waukesha Police Chief Daniel Thompson on Monday. They included Wilhelm Hospel, 81; Virginia Sorenson, 79; LeAnna Owen, 71; Tamara Durand, 52; and Jane Kulich, 52.

The driver has been apprehended and the investigation continues. However, his past arrest records reveal his low bail amount was not appropriate, to say the very least, considering his risk, though no one could have imagined the tragedy that took place at the parade.

The community and nation continue to remember those whose lives were lost, saddened over the lives impacted while celebrating the holiday season, and many are calling for the state to review its bail procedures for repeat offenders.

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