This is the first in a two-part series on letters sent by Darrell Brooks Jr. during his time in Wisconsin prisons. Please check to find out more.
FIRST ON FOX – Darrell brooks Jr., the man behind the Waukesha Tragedy of the Christmas parade, spent nearly two decades dodging child support payments and court appearances related to his son’s support – and during that time he sent the court commissioner to oversee the ‘case two handwritten notes, including a letter asking for “another blow” and complaining that he was being treated unfairly, Fox News has learned.
Brooks sent the letters to two separate court officials in 2009 and 2011, when the total he owed in child support payments exceeded $ 17,300, according to court records obtained by Fox News Digital.
As of Nov. 16, 2021, Brooks owed $ 41,239.36 as part of his paternity case for his son, according to records.
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The letters provide a glimpse into the mind of a man currently facing six life sentences if convicted of all charges related to the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy on November 21, when he drove his brown Ford Escape through the crowd. Six bystanders died, including an 8-year-old boy and an 81-year-old man, and dozens more were injured.
Brooks sent his first missive to Laura Lau, then commissioner of the Waukesha County Circuit Court, on November 10, 2009, after violating privileges, known as “Huber privileges”, which placed him in a county-specific establishment and allowed him to leave for a period of time. during the week, to work or find a job. At the time, he was serving a 45-day sentence for allegedly failing to pay child support and had left the premises on October 29, 2009 for an approved stay of four hours.
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But records show he returned two hours late, claiming “he missed a bus and had to walk back” to the facility, according to a letter from prison officials. He allegedly gave officers an expired bus pass to try and sell them his story. Instead, the prison requested the revocation of its Huber privileges.
“I was transferred to the county jail on 10/30/09 due to a misunderstanding the day before,” Brooks wrote to the court commissioner in neat cursive. “Let me explain why I think this is a misunderstanding; as you may know, i am from california and have been traveling back and forth from california to milwaukee most of my life. I’ve never been to the town of Waukesha, so it’s hard for me to get around on a bus line in a town where I have to learn how everything works. “
Brooks went on to tell Lau that he had been taking two medications since October, which can make it “difficult to remember certain things and also to stay awake.” He admitted he had gone somewhere he “wasn’t supposed to” and added, “I won’t make any apologies for this.”
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He then wrote that he had tried to call the facility to tell officers he was lost and to get instructions. This was his “first and only article,” he said, adding that he had seen other detainees come home late “three times in a row” and only receive a warning.
Brooks, who owed more than $ 13,000 in child support and related costs at the time of the first letter, then argued that he had not been treated fairly.
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“I’m no better than anyone, and I don’t think I should be treated like I’m special, but to be frank, Commissioner Lau, I feel like I’ve been treated unfairly. was not consistent (sic) with the way they treated other people who did what I did, “he complained.” Treatment should not be dictated by the [unintelligible] who is working that day, I think inmates should be treated the same, not differently. “
He said he had lost work opportunities “behind it” and expected “SSI”, presumably additional security income, “to come soon”.
“I know I made a mistake and I’m sorry,” he continues. “But I think it would be fair if I had 1 (one) last shot on Huber, just one last shot, I promise I won’t let you down, you have my word on that.”
Lau, who is now a circuit court judge, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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Fox News Digital chose not to name the mother of Brooks’ child, but court documents regarding the paternity case were filed as recently as November 18 – three days before the parade tragedy.
Brooks’ child support issues were also noted during his court appearance on November 23 in connection with the horror. During the appearance, Brooks cried and at times audibly sobbed as Court Commissioner Kevin Costello and District Attorney Susan Opper spoke, including when Opper announced that a sixth victim – the first child – had succumbed to his injuries.
“I haven’t seen anything like it in my very long career,” Costello said at the time.
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Brooks has since been charged with six counts of first degree intentional homicide and sentenced to $ 5 million cash bail. His current criminal attorneys declined to comment for this story, while a civilian lawyer listed in the files could not be reached immediately.
Fox News’s Michael Ruiz and Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.