Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old gunman who took two lives, and injured one during the Kenosha, Wisconsin protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake, is facing charges as an adult. This being limited to Wisconsin, the teen will not be facing any charges in his home state of Illinois, since he committed no crimes there.
On Tuesday, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office specified in a news release, that Rittenhouse, who had been charged for murder and possession of arms, will not be subject to charges in Illinois, since the AR-15 rifle used to kill two people and injure a third during unrest in Kenosha was purchased, stored and used in Wisconsin, not in Illinois.
The boy is facing six charges, including one count of first-degree intentional homicide, and could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.
The statement also goes on to state that based on an intensive background check, police from Antioch, Rittenhouse’s hometown, investigated any possible crimes the teen may have committed, but found none. The statement also claimed that the next step and leg of the protocol would be a statement by prosecutors, who would release any additional information so as to “not disrupt any investigation that may be taking place in Wisconsin.”
Whilst many claim that Rittenhouse was trying to defend and protect himself, the teen was seen “policing” the unrest that night and considered himself a militia member, as reported by the Journal Sentinel- thus making it hard to believe the former.
As of now, Rittenhouse is detained at the Lake County juvenile detention center awaiting a ruling on his lawyers’ attempts to block his extradition to Wisconsin. The riots in Kenosha were a result of the brutal police shooting of Jacob Blake, who is know ailing from paralysis and has been shifted to a spine rehabilitation center after long treatment and recovery at the hospital.
On August 23, 2020, Jacob S. Blake, a 29-year-old African American man, was shot and seriously injured by police officer Rusten Sheskey in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sheskey shot at Blake’s back seven times when Blake opened the driver’s door to his SUV and leaned in. Three of Blake’s sons were in the backseat at the time.