The Father Of Highland Park Shooting Suspect Takes Plea Deal

( — The father of the Highland Park shooter pleaded guilty on Monday to reduced charges for sponsoring his son’s application for a gun permit when he was 19, the Associated Press reported.

Robert Crimo Jr., who was facing trial on seven felony counts of reckless conduct for each victim killed by his son Robert Crimo III at the Highland Park, Illinois, Fourth of July Parade in 2022, entered a guilty plea to seven misdemeanor charges as his trial was about to begin in Lake County court.

Judge George Strickland quickly sentenced Crimo Jr. to sixty days in jail and 100 hours of community service.

Robert Crimo Jr., the father of Robert Crimo III, who killed seven people at the Highland Park July Fourth Parade in 2022, entered his plea as his trial in Lake County court was about to begin. Judge George Strickland immediately sentenced Crimo Jr. to 60 days in jail and one hundred hours of community service.

In 2019, Crimo III wanted to apply for a gun license, but since he was only 19 at the time, the application required the sponsorship of a parent or guardian. Crimo Jr. agreed to sponsor his son’s application, despite an incident just a few months earlier when a relative contacted the police to report that Crimo III was threatening to “kill everyone.”

According to the state’s attorney, Eric Rinehart, Crimo Jr. was also aware at the time that his son had expressed thoughts of suicide. Rinehart contended that while two and a half years elapsed between the license application and the shooting, it was still “criminally reckless” for Crimo Jr. to submit the affidavit on his son’s behalf.

Rinehart said the plea agreement and the judge’s sentence were a good result and sent a message to law enforcement, prosecutors, and other parents across the country “that they must be held accountable.”

Crimo Jr.’s attorney, George Gomez, said his client took a plea in part to spare the Highland Park community from having to relive the events of that day. He said Crimo Jr. was also worried that his son would not get a fair trial if the evidence and details about the shooting were broadly aired in his trial.

Crimo Jr. will begin his 60-day jail sentence next week.

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