CHICAGO — Dominick Black, a pal of Kyle Rittenhouse who confronted two felony prices for buying a rifle utilized by Mr. Rittenhouse, has agreed to plead no contest to lesser prices in a deal introduced in a Wisconsin courtroom on Monday.
Mr. Black, 20, purchased an AR-15-style rifle in May 2020 for Mr. Rittenhouse, who was then 17 and too younger to purchase the gun legally. Mr. Rittenhouse used the rifle when he killed two folks and wounded a 3rd throughout an altercation amid protests in Kenosha, Wis. Mr. Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of murder and different prices after a trial in November, testified that he was performing in self-defense when he fired the weapon.
Mr. Black, who was a witness for the prosecution in Mr. Rittenhouse’s widely-followed murder trial, was initially charged with two counts of intent to promote a harmful weapon to a minor, a felony. Under the settlement made public on Monday, Mr. Black agreed to plead no contest to a noncriminal county ordinance violation of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, his lawyer, Anthony Cotton, mentioned throughout a quick listening to.
In the Kenosha courtroom the place Mr. Rittenhouse’s trial happened, Judge Bruce Schroeder of Kenosha County Circuit Court accepted the plea settlement and imposed a wonderful of $2,000.
Thomas Binger, an assistant district lawyer in Kenosha, mentioned in court docket that he believed it was applicable to dismiss the felony prices, given Mr. Black’s willingness to cooperate within the case, and to impose a wonderful.
“I believe that does serve as a form of punishment and a deterrence to anyone going forward into the future,” Mr. Binger mentioned. “I do want to close by saying that I do believe that it is a serious offense to purchase a firearm for someone who is not legally able to do so. Our office will continue to vigorously prosecute those offenses. And it is still our office’s position that 17-year-olds should not go armed with firearms.”
During Mr. Rittenhouse’s trial, Mr. Black advised the court docket that he purchased the gun on a visit with Mr. Rittenhouse to northern Wisconsin, the place Mr. Black’s household owned a searching property, and saved it at his stepfather’s home in Kenosha for Mr. Rittenhouse. He mentioned that on the day of the capturing in August 2020, as protests had been unfolding in Kenosha, he and Mr. Rittenhouse introduced their weapons from Mr. Black’s stepfather’s home and drove downtown, the place they cleaned graffiti and, at evening, guarded used-car tons.
Mr. Black acquired to know Mr. Rittenhouse when he was courting McKenzie Rittenhouse, one among Mr. Rittenhouse’s sisters.
During the Rittenhouse trial, Judge Schroeder dismissed a misdemeanor gun possession cost going through Mr. Rittenhouse, after protection legal professionals argued that he didn’t violate the state statute in query due to his age and the size of the barrel of his semiautomatic rifle.
Since his acquittal late final 12 months, Mr. Rittenhouse, 19, has given interviews to conservative media shops, met with former President Trump in Florida and expressed some remorse for going to downtown Kenosha on the evening of the shootings.