Waukesha Victim’s Family Member Removed From Courtroom After Outburst

The three-week-long trial for mass murderer Darrell Brooks has finally concluded, as Judge Jennifer Dorow read out the guilty verdict in court on Wednesday. Brooks, who represented himself in court, was known for his angry outbursts throughout the trial — but on this day, it was a member of one of the Waukesha Christmas parade victims’ families that was reprimanded for shouting in the courtroom.

As the judge read out the guilty verdict, a man was heard shouting that life in hell was awaiting the mass murderer after he finishes his life rotting behind bars.

“Burn in hell, you piece of s—t!” he can be heard saying on the video.

Dorow quickly responded to the outburst, calling for the man’s removal from the courtroom.

“You are to be removed right now,” the judge said. “You will not do that.”

While the man was quickly escorted out of the courtroom, the sentiment of his outburst remained.

On November 21, 2021, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks intentionally drove his SUV through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin — hitting 68 people and killing six, including eight-year-old Jackson Sparks.

Three of those who were killed — Tamara Durand, 52, Virginia “Ginny” Sorenson, 79, Leanna “Lee” Owen, 71 — were members of the Milwaukee Dancing Grannies, a dance group that was composed entirely of grandmothers. Another victim, 81-year-old Wilhelm Hospel, was attending the parade in support of his wife, Lola, who was a member of the dance group. The final victim, 52-year-old Jane Kulich, was marching in the parade with a Citizens Bank float.

On Wednesday morning, the jury deliberated for only three hours and 15 minutes before reaching a verdict on the 76 charges against Brooks. He was found guilty on all charges, which included six counts of intentional first-degree murder.

Each of the murder counts carries a mandatory life sentence.

During the unusual trial, Brooks behaved in a manner that many described as bizarre. At different points, he had removed his clothing, pretended to be someone else, and even built a fort out of boxes. Following the reading of the verdict, Brooks’ theatrics finally came to an end. Upon learning that he would be spending the rest of his life behind bars, he hung his head.