CHICAGO (WLS) — The man accused in the Shooting of the 4th of July Parade in Highland Park was indicted by a grand jury on 117 counts, the Lake County (IL) State’s Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
Robert Crimo III is charged with 21 counts of first degree murder – three counts for each of the victims killed. He was also charged with 48 additional counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm for each victim hit by a bullet, bullet fragment or shrapnel, officials said. .
The horror of Independence Day with an assault rifle didn’t last long, but the damage was overwhelming.
Investigators told I-Team that Crimo fired 83 rounds during the rooftop ambush, fired from an AR-style rifle that he allegedly reloaded twice with 30-round magazines.
According to the indictment, eight of the injured were youths/minors.
“I think it would be surprising if there was a trial in this case, but it certainly ties the hands of defense attorneys as to what they can possibly argue in front of a jury,” the former said. Chicago federal prosecutor Jeff Cramer when asked if there might be a deal cut in this case.
Cramer said avoiding a trial would also allow witnesses to avoid the pain of public testimony. But whether Crimo enters a plea bargain or stands trial, a conviction will likely keep him locked up for life.
Crimo was scheduled to appear in Lake County Court on Thursday, but that hearing has now been canceled due to the indictment being replaced. He is now due to be arraigned on the new charges on August 3 at 11 a.m.
Even with the indictment, Lake County authorities said the investigation is continuing.
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“I would like to thank law enforcement and prosecutors who presented evidence to the grand jury today. Our investigation continues and our victim specialists are working around the clock to support all those affected by this crime who led to 117 felony counts being filed today,” State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said in a statement.
Cramer told I-Team, which suggests to him that authorities are going to take a close look at Crimo’s father, who sponsored him as a teenager to get a state gun card, which allowed him to buy the weapon used in the attack.
Crimo is in custody and has been since the afternoon of July 4, when he was held back from his car after hundreds of police led a manhunt for the accused shooter.
Typically, charges brought before a grand jury are legalese, and it’s also not uncommon for someone charged with a major violent crime to face a hundred or more charges as authorities pile up. all possible charges – for each victim.
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