WAUKESHA, Wis. — Darrell Brooks, the man sentenced to life in prison for killing six people when he drove through a Waukesha holiday parade last year, has filed a letter notifying the court he plans to appeal his conviction.
Brooks, 40, filed his notice to appeal in Waukesha County Court on Tuesday, according to online court records.
A jury found Brooks guilty in late October on all 76 counts stemming from the Waukesha Christmas parade incident on Nov. 21, 2021. His charges included six counts of first-degree intentional homicide, 61 counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, six counts of hit and run involving death, two counts of bail jumping and one count of battery.
At Brooks’ sentencing in mid-November, Judge Jennifer Dorrow ruled Brooks would not be given the chance at early release from prison on extended supervision. Brooks’ sentencing spanned two days and included statements from numerous victims and Brooks himself.
Following his conviction, Madison criminal defense attorney Chris Van Wagner said the appeal process for Brooks case would be lengthy and potentially complicated.
A potential appeal could also focus on whether Brooks should have been allowed to represent himself.
“The lawyer can actually claim ineffective assistance of counsel to himself, as crazy as that sounds, and claim that he didn’t get a fair trial in the interest of justice because he should not have been allowed to represent himself,” Van Wagner said. “That seems to fly in the face of common sense and logic as well as Mr. Brooks’ wishes, but I have no doubt that will be considered.”
No further court dates had been scheduled as of 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.
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