Highland Park Parade Shooting: The father of Highland Park shooting suspect Robert E. Crimo III is the target of prosecutors’ case, who on Thursday sought a judge for extra time to submit it to a grand jury. During a brief proceeding at the Lake County Courthouse, Assistant State’s Attorney for Lake County Jeff Facklam stated that “unexpected absences in our office” prevented prosecutors from pursuing an indictment against Robert E. Crimo Jr.
For allowing his son to access firearms, Crimo Jr. is prosecuted on seven counts of reckless conduct—one count for each victim of the Highland Park Fourth of July massacre from the previous year. Since being indicted in December, Robert E. Crimo Jr. has been released on bond.
According to the prosecution, Crimo Jr. sponsored his son’s application for a state identification card for gun owners in 2019 while his son was still a minor. Despite having previously threatened to harm himself and his family, the son received the FOID card in the early months of 2020.
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Feb. 16 was designated as the next court date by Judge George D. Strickland.
Attorneys informed Strickland during the hearing that the discovery phase had started and that the prosecution would reveal all of the evidence it had presented in the case against Crimo Jr.’s son.
To exchange the substantial amount of evidence, according to Facklam, they will require a terabyte hard disc. Crimo Jr. faces a maximum sentence of three years in jail if found guilty. The prosecution’s delay in seeking an indictment, according to the older Crimo’s attorney George Gomez, indicates they have a complex case to prove, he said following Thursday’s court hearing.
Gomez told reporters, “I think this case might be an uphill battle for the state. Gomez stated that Crimo Jr. intends to attend his son’s upcoming court dates, the following of which is set for Tuesday.
Crimo Jr. “took a reckless and unreasonable risk to sign his son’s application for a handgun owner’s identification card,” Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart claimed in December. Gomez referred to the accusations as “baseless and unprecedented” at the time.
Since he was accused of shooting seven people dead and numerous others while they were gathered around the streets of downtown Highland Park for the town’s Fourth of July parade, the younger Crimo has been detained.
To lawfully purchase the Smith & Wesson M&P15 semiautomatic firearm that investigators claim Crimo III used on the Fourth of July, Crimo III needs a FOID card. When Crimo III was captured later that day, police discovered another rifle in his driving car and recovered the gun from the shooting site.
According to officials, the two guns were legally purchased in the Chicago region. The Highland Park police department dispatched officers to the Crimo residence in September 2019 in response to a claim that Crimo III had threatened to “murder everyone.” Although he and his mother denied it, Crimo was not detained.
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Although the sons faboy’sclaimed ownership of the knives, police found them in the boy’s bedroom. The blades were handed back. Following the incident, Crimo I”Admitted to using the drug” and being depressed, according to a “clear and present danger” report from Highland Park police to Illinois State Police.
Director of the IllinIII’state Police Brandon Kelly stated in July, following Crimo III’s arrest, that there was insufficient proof to prevent him from receiving a FOID card when it was issued.