The man who bought the AR-15-style rifle Kyle Rittenhouse used to shoot three people in self-defense during the August 2020 Kenosha, Wisconsin riots has reached a plea deal to avoid a felony conviction, the Washington Examiner reports.
If the judge agrees to the deal, Dominick Black will only receive a non-criminal citation for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and pay a fine of $2,000. He was originally charged with two felonies.
Black purchased the rifle for Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, and could not legally purchase his own firearm.
Lawyers for Black argued that it was not illegal for Rittenhouse to own the firearm, so it should not be illegal for Black to purchase it for him.
Black also said he and Rittenhouse agreed that Black would keep the firearm in his possession until Rittenhouse was 18.
The AR-15 was being kept in a safe at Black’s stepfather’s house. The stepfather removed it from the safe as the Kenosha riot began, and Rittenhouse was able to take it from the house before going to the riot location.
Black testified during Rittenhouse’s trial last year, and Rittenhouse said at the time that he used his $1,200 government stimulus check to buy the weapon. He took the weapon to the riot because he had been asked to help protect a used car dealership.
As NPR reported, Rittenhouse was acquitted of five murder charges when the jury decided he acted in self-defense when he shot three people, killing two of them during the riot.
The truth revealed
The media did everything it could before the trial to make it seem like Rittenhouse had murdered his victims in cold blood, but the trial revealed a vastly different story.
Once the third shooting victim testified that he had pointed his gun at Rittenhouse first, it became clear that Rittenhouse had acted in self-defense, not in aggression.
Rittenhouse’s acquittal likely took a lot of the animus away from the charges against Black as well, and may have led to an acceptance of the plea deal that took place this week.
While it is unfortunate that two people lost their lives during the riot, it is likely that without the AR-15, Rittenhouse would have lost his at their hands instead.