The Wisconsin man who bought the AR-15 rifle used by Kyle Rittenhouse will no longer be charged with crimes under a lawsuit announced Monday.
Dominick Black, 20, of Racine, will instead plead guilty to a reduced charge for contributing to a minor’s crime and pay a $ 2,000 fine.
In 2020, Black was charged with two counts of knowingly giving a dangerous weapon to a minor after he bought the gun for the then 17-year-old Rittenhouse
Rittenhouse used the rifle to kill two men and wound a third during last year’s violent protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in response to police shooting at a black man, Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in November after claiming he acted in self-defense.
Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder accepted Black’s plea agreement during a brief six-minute hearing Monday. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger dropped the two crimes as part of the deal.
Black was 18 and dated Rittenhouse’s sister when he bought the weapon in May 2020. During Rittenhouse’s trial, Black – who was one of the prosecution’s star witnesses – testified that he had bought the gun so the two could hunt and shoot targets in northern Wisconsin.
Binger, the assistant DA, said he did not believe he could pursue the charges given Blacks’ testimony in the trial.
The prosecutor also cited Schroeder’s agreement with the defense during Rittenhouse’s trial that Wisconsin law does not prohibit minors from possessing long arms. On the last day of the trial, Schroeder dismissed a charge of being a minor in possession of a firearm.
“In these circumstances, it does not seem appropriate to proceed with these charges against Mr. Black, given the court’s legal decision as well as Mr. Black’s cooperation and the jury’s decision in the Rittenhouse case,” Binger said Monday.
In an email to the Associated Press, Blacks lawyer Tony Cotton wrote that “justice was done.”
“The Office Attorney’s Office did the right thing by agreeing to dismiss the charges against our client, especially given that a jury found Rittenhouse innocent,” Cotton said.
With Post Wire
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