June 10, 2023

CHICAGO — An Illinois grand jury on Wednesday formally indicted the father of a man charged with fatally shooting seven people at a Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago, the Lake County State’s Attorney Office said.

The indictment charges Robert Crimo Jr., 58, with seven counts of reckless conduct. Prosecutors have said he helped his son, Robert Crimo III, obtain a gun license years before the shooting in Highland Park, even though the then-19-year-old had threatened violence.

Sara Avalos, a spokesperson for the prosecutors office, confirmed the grand jury indictment and said the father will be arraigned Thursday.

Robert Crimo Jr. was arrested in December, also on seven felony counts of reckless conduct, one for each person killed. Each count carries a maximum 3-year prison term. The longtime resident and well-known figure in Highland Park was released after his arrest on a $50,000 bond.

At a brief hearing last month, prosecutors had told Judge George Strickland at a Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan, north of Highland Park, they needed more time to present evidence to the grand jury.

In a brief statement released by his office later Wednesday, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said the grand jury agreed the case against the father should move forward.

“Parents who help their kids get weapons of war are morally and legally responsible when those kids hurt others with those weapons,” Rinehart said.

George M. Gomez, the father’s Chicago-area attorney, said Wednesday evening that he couldn’t comment because he hadn’t yet seen the indictment. But he earlier called the accusations against his client “baseless and unprecedented.”

Rinehart has previously said the accusations against the father are based on his sponsorship of his son’s application for a gun license in December 2019. Authorities say Robert Crimo III attempted suicide by machete in April 2019 and in September 2019 was accused by a family member of making threats to “kill everyone.”

“Parents and guardians are in the best position to decide whether their teenagers should have a weapon,” Rinehart said after the father’s arrest. “In this case, the system failed when Robert Crimo Jr. sponsored his son. He knew what he knew and he signed the form anyway.”

Authorities say Illinois State Police reviewed the son’s gun license application and found no reason to deny it because he had no arrests, no criminal record, no serious mental health problems, no orders of protection and no other behavior that would disqualify him.

Legal experts have said it’s rare for an accused shooter’s parent or guardian to face charges — in part because it’s difficult to prove such charges.

In one notable exception, a Michigan prosecutor in 2021 filed involuntary manslaughter charges against the parents of a teen accused of fatally shooting four students at his high school. A trial date was delayed while the state appeals court considers an appeal.

A grand jury indicted Robert Crimo III in July on 21 first-degree murder counts, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery, representing the seven people killed and dozens wounded in the attack at the holiday parade in Highland Park.

Robert Crimo Jr. has shown up at several of his son’s pretrial hearings, nodding in greeting when his son entered the courtroom shackled and flanked by guards. The father is a familiar face around Highland Park, where he was once a mayoral candidate and operated convenience stores.


Follow Michael Tarm on Twitter at @mtarm.

free tiktok coins generator looker studio
tiktok coins hack 2023 how to hack unlimited coins in tiktok
how to get tiktok free coins in 2023 the plausible
free tiktok followers instantly no survey free tiktok coins
free tiktok coins generator 2023 free tiktok no hum
f r e e free tiktok coins generator get free coins
unlimited free coins tiktok tiktok coins generator 8e0 taringa
free tiktok coins generator 2023
redeem code for dreame app surf pm de
tiktok plus plus free coins updated
tiktok free coins tiktok coins hack tiktok coins
trusted free tiktok coins generator get free tiktok coins
fast free tiktok coins generator hack 2023 app ios android no
how to get free tik tok coins in 2 minutes
free tiktok coin generator no survey no human verification
3000 free tiktok coins generator hacks 2023 without downloading
ai art generator tiktok free shirdi sai baba temple
tiktok coins free 2023 2023 tiktok coins generator tiktok
get free coins tiktok
trusted free tiktok coins generator get free tiktok coins
wattpad generator licht engineering de
free tiktok coins no human verification nifty gateway
how to get 99 999 free tik tok coins with tiktok coins hack ios 6e2sg
3000 free tiktok coins generator hacks 2023 without downloading
how to get 99 999 free tik tok coins with tiktok coins hack ios 6e2sg
free tiktok coins generator 2023 no human verifition md
how to get free tiktok coins 2023 product hunt
tiktok coins 2023 what are they how to get free coins
tiktok coins generator yi gaknofusta
tiktok coins free 2023 2023 tiktok coins generator tiktok

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *