In court on Monday, a Wisconsin court commissioner set bail at $2 million for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who was charged in the fatal shooting of two protesters over the summer during demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Earlier this week, Anonymous News reported that Rittenhouse was extradited to Wisconsin, from his home state of Illinois to face the charges against him. If found guilty, Rittenhouse could go to prison for the rest of his life.
Kenosha County court commissioner Loren Keating said that Rittenhouse poses a serious flight risk, considering that he lives in a different state, which is why the bail was set so high. The judge also said that since the charges against Rittenhouse are so serious, with the possibility of a life sentence, he would have a “reasonable basis to flee.”
Rittenhouse has been charged with killing 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber, as well as injuring 22-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz.
Rittenhouse’s attorney Mark Richards had requested Rittenhouse’s release on $750,000, arguing that his client acted in self-defense.
“Who attacked my client first? Rosenbaum, then the mob, not demonstrators, but rioters with ill intent in their heart,” Richards asked the court
Richards also asked Keating to dismiss the single misdemeanor charge against Rittenhouse for possessing a firearm as a minor, which Keating said he would address at a later date.
The victim’s family and people who disagree with Rosenbaum’s actions will likely be upset that he got bail at all, considering that his many right-wing supporters will likely donate large sums of money to contribute to expenses.
John Huber, the father of victim Anthony Huber, said that Rittenhouse “has people out there that will help him, militia organizations that can raise money and harbor him.”
Rittenhouse had traveled to the protests with a militia group that organized online and claimed to be assisting police and protecting private property during the demonstrations. The details of exactly what happened are still being investigated and debated, but at some point during the protest, Rittenhouse shot a protester multiple times.
Rittenhouse then began to try to get away from the area, but protesters who witnessed the shooting chased after him and tried to stop him. When the group caught up with Rittenhouse, another person was shot and killed after a short scuffle. After that, Rittenhouse was able to walk right past the police and leave the city. In one of the videos taken by witnesses, Rittenhouse can be heard saying “I just killed somebody.”
Rittenhouse turned himself in at a local police station in Antioch the morning after the shootings, where he apparently admitted to shooting protesters, according to records from the Antioch Police Department. He was with his mother when he walked into the police station before 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 26, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
After turning himself in, Rittenhouse was calm at ties but became so upset at some points that he began vomiting. Firefighters were called at one point because he had trouble breathing.