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Here Are The Charges Kyle Rittenhouse Faces After Judge Tossed Dangerous Weapon Misdemeanor

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at November 15, 2021


Ahead of closing arguments in the trial where Kyle Rittenhouse faces homicide charges in the shootings of three men during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the judge dismissed a juvenile weapons possession count Monday, a charge that carries a maximum of nine months in prison.

Key Facts

Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder tossed the sixth count against Rittenhouse—misdemeanor possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18.

According to Wisconsin law, it is illegal for a person under the age of 18 to have a firearm, except for hunting.

Defense attorneys argued in court Monday that the state statute had an exception involving whether or not the rifle was short-barreled.

After prosecutors admitted Rittenhouse’s rifle was not short-barreled, Schroeder dismissed the charge.

While the charge was a misdemeanor, it was among the most likely convictions for the prosecution, as Rittenhouse, who was 17 on the night of the shootings, was armed with an AR-15. 

What To Watch For

Rittenhouse now faces five charges—reckless homicide, intentional homicide, attempted intentional homicide and two counts of recklessly endangering safety—which he has pleaded not guilty to. The most serious charge, first-degree intentional homicide, has a mandatory life sentence. Prosecutors have asked the judge to allow the jury to consider second-degree charges in some of the counts, which carry lessened prison sentences. Second-degree intentional homicide, for example, is punishable by up to 60 years in prison.


Schroeder also tossed a seventh charge against Rittenhouse during the second week of the trial, which stemmed from failing to comply with Kenosha’s 8 p.m. curfew on the night of the shootings, after the defense argued the prosecution had not offered enough evidence to prove it.

Key Background

Attorneys are set to deliver closing arguments Monday, with jury deliberations beginning later in the day. The two-week trial has been fraught with accusations of bias against Schroeder, tense moments between Schroeder and prosecutors and a brief halt in testimony after Rittenhouse broke down on the witness stand. Rittenhouse took a rifle and a medical kit to join a self-proclaimed militia that claimed to guard businesses from looting following days of protests and civil unrest in Kenosha following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in August 2020. Rittenhouse, who has claimed he was acting in self-defense, shot and killed two men and injured another on the night of August 25, sparking the case that has been called a political powder keg by underscoring divisions in the U.S. involving guns, police and protests.

Further Reading

Kenosha Prosecutors Want To Add Lesser Charges In Rittenhouse Case (Forbes)

LeBron James Vs. Marjorie Taylor Greene: The Wild Politics With The Rittenhouse Trial (Forbes)

Judge In Rittenhouse Case Slammed With Accusations Of Bias—Here’s Why (Forbes)


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