How much time in prison could Rittenhouse serve?
The jury is currently deliberating five felony charges against Rittenhouse, the most serious of which can result in a life sentence in prison. All five charges include an aggravating factor, “use of dangerous weapon”. This can increase the sentence by up to five years.
Reuters explains the penalties for each charge:
Count 1: First-degree reckless homicide
This felony stems from Rittenhouse fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and carries a sentence of up to 60 years in prison.
Video from the trial showed Rosenbaum following Rittenhouse into an used-car lot, while Rittenhouse shouted “Friendly, friend, friendly, friendly!” Rittenhouse and a witness both testified that Rosenbaum tried to grab his rifle.
Counts 2 and 3: First-degree recklessly endangering safety
Prosecutors say that when Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum, the teenager recklessly endangered the safety of a bystander, Richard McGinnis. McGinnis, the chief video director at the Daily Caller, an conservative website, testified that Rosenbaum attempted to grab Rittenhouse’s gun barrel before Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum.
Video shows Rittenhouse trying to kick Anthony Huber and Rittenhouse firing two shots at him. These shots appear to have missed. Rittenhouse was also charged by the prosecution with first-degree recklessly threatening safety.
The felony carries a fine of up to $25,000 and up to 12-1/2 years in prison.
Count 4: First-degree intentional homicide
This is the most serious charge Rittenhouse faces and similar to first-degree murder in other states. If the jury finds him guilty, the 18-year-old faces life in prison.
The charge stems from Huber’s death 26,, the second victim Rittenhouse shot.
After shooting Rosenbaum Rittenhouse fled from the scene and was pursued by Huber, and other suspects. Rittenhouse shot Huber after he fell to the ground. Huber then threw a skateboard at Rittenhouse.
The judge granted a prosecution request that the jury consider second-degree intentional murder and first-degree reckless killing. Both men are sentenced to 60 year imprisonment.
Count 5: Attempted first-degree intentional homicide
This charge stems from Rittenhouse wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, who lost part of his arm to the bullet. This felony can lead to 60 year imprisonment.
The judge granted a prosecution request to have the jury also consider attempted second-degree intentional homicide, which carries up to 60 years in prison, and first-degree reckless endangering safety, which is punishable by up to 12-1/2 years in prison.