Highland Park Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to All 117 Criminal Charges

Highland Park shooting suspect Robert Crimo III pleaded not guilty to all 117 criminal charges on Aug. 3.

Crimo, the 21-year-old accused of opening fire at a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb, faces 21 counts of first-degree murder — three counts for each victim.

Crimo also faces 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated battery for each victim who was struck by a bullet, bullet fragment, or shrapnel.

If convicted of murdering any two people, Crimo would face life in prison without the possibility of parole, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Reinhart told reporters.

Under Illinois law, any sentence on the charge of murder is served in full. 

The charges for aggravated battery also carry a sentence of up to life in prison, Rinehart added.

The charges for aggravated battery with a firearm carry a sentence of six to 30 years.

The defense did not demand a trial at the hearing.

The hearing at the Lake County Circuit Court came a month after Crimo allegedly climbed onto a rooftop and fired more than 70 shots on paradegoers, killing seven people and injuring dozens.

Crimo has been held without bail since the police arrested him hours after the shooting.

Crimo allegedly confessed to authorities that he carried out the attack and that he had considered staging a second mass shooting in another state.

Crimo’s next court date is scheduled for Nov. 1.


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