Darrell Brooks files notice to appeal parade crash conviction

Posted at 8:47 PM, December 1, 2022 and last updated 8:14 PM, July 13, 2023

WAUKESHA, Wis. (Scripps News Milwaukee) — Darrell Brooks, the man convicted in the Waukesha Christmas Parade attack, has filed a notice saying he plans to seek postconviction relief and appeal the jury’s decision.

Darrell Brooks makes comments regarding Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper as he gives his closing remarks during his sentencing in a Waukesha County Circuit Court in Waukesha, Wis., on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Earlier this month, Brooks was found guilty on all charges, including six counts of first-degree intentional homicide. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

However, in a letter handwritten to the court on Tuesday, Brooks said he plans to seek postconviction relief, and also requested assistance from the public defender’s office.

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This comes after Brooks represented himself at trial and during sentencing. His attorney’s filed a motion to withdraw from the case less two weeks before trial was scheduled to begin.

If Brooks’ request for post-conviction relief is successful, a judge could call for a new trial, modify the sentence, or order some other form of relief for Brooks.

Six people were killed in the parade attack. The victims are 8-year-old boy Jackson Sparks, who was walking with his baseball team in the parade; Leanna Owen, Virginia Sorenson and Tamara Durand, who were members of the Dancing Grannies performing during the parade; Wilhelm Hospel, husband to a surviving Dancing Grannies member; and Jane Kulich, who was attending the parade.

This story was originally published Nov. 30, 2022 by WTMJ in Milwaukee, an E.W. Scripps Company.