‘Justice was done’: Prosecutor drops felony gun charge against Rittenhouse friend

Although Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty of charges stemming from a shooting during the 2020 riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he was not the only one in legal jeopardy.

This week, reports indicate one of his friends has reached a plea deal that takes felony charges off the table in exchange for agreeing to a lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Background on the charges

Black was first charged in 2020 with two felony counts of intent to deliver a dangerous weapon to a minor. At the time, he had been dating Rittenhouse’s sister and allegedly bought a gun for the then-17-year-old boy.

Subsequent reports indicated the charges against Black were on shaky legal footing after a gun charge against Rittenhouse was found to have been filed in error and dismissed.

The rifle used in the Kenosha shooting was an important aspect of the media’s coverage and prosecutor Thomas Binger sought to portray Rittenhouse as a reckless vigilante who traveled to a different state looking for trouble.

In reality, the teen had ties to Kenosha. Furthermore, he was legally allowed to possess the gun, which was being stored at Black’s home in that town.

Black was the first person to testify during the Rittenhouse trial and the teen defendant was acquitted of all charges in November after arguing that he opened fire in self-defense.

“Did the right thing”

The verdict upset many on the left, including President Joe Biden, who said he was “angry” over the outcome.

Nevertheless, Binger received low marks from many in the public over his handling of the case — including the shocking moment when he pointed Rittenhouse’s gun toward members of the jury.

He has now concluded that felony charges against Black were unjustified given his cooperation and the fact that related charges against Rittenhouse were dismissed.

As a result of his plea deal, Black will receive a citation and pay a $2,000 fine. One of his lawyers declared that “justice was done” in the case.

“The District Attorney’s Office did the right thing by agreeing to dismiss the felony charges against our client especially considering that a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty,” said defense attorny Tony Cotton.

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