KENOSHA – In the end, it was like Dominick Black gave 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse some beer, not an AR-15-style rifle that was later used to kill two people during protests in Kenosha.
On Monday, Black, 20, argued that there should be no competition on Monday to contribute to a minor’s crime, a non-criminal offense. He also agreed to pay $ 2,032.50 in fines and costs.
The requests were made through Black’s lawyer. Two charges of handing over a firearm to minors resulting in death have been dropped.
Dominick Black looks at a photo of Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger posing with Kyle Rittenhouse and a group of others on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., Tuesday. November 2, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and injuring a third in a protest against police brutality in Kenosha last year.
The brief hearing marked the end of the first part of the Rittenhouse story, which received heavy attention in the national media in 2020. He was portrayed on the one hand as a conservative vigilante outside the state and by supporters as a community-minded volunteer who defended himself while exercising the rights of the second amendment.
A jury clears Rittenhouse, 18, of all people during a two-week trial period in November. Since then, he has given numerous interviews with conservative news agencies and has been a guest speaker at conservative political events.
He and Black became friends after Black started dating Rittenhouse’s older sister. Rittenhouse, two sisters, and their mother lived in Antioch, Illinois, just across the border.
In May 2020, Black purchased a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle from a Ladysmith hardware store while on a trip to North Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse, then 17, was too young at the time to legally buy the gun.
The gun was kept at Black’s stepfather’s home in Kenosha until the friends decided to go downtown to protect a car dealership on the night of August 25, 2020. The store had suffered arson and vandalism in the previous two nights of protests and rioting the shooting of Jacob Blake by the police.
A few months after Rittenhouse was charged, prosecutors beat Black with the two crimes, one for each of the people Rittenhouse fatally shot – Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. Prosecutors accused Black of providing the gun on August 25 when both friends went downtown armed.
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Black, who testified for the state at the Rittenhouse Trial, said the gun was locked in his stepfather’s safe until the violence broke out in Kenosha on August 23. Then, Black said, his stepfather took her to the basement where Rittenhouse picked her up, and Black didn’t try to stop him from taking it downtown.
From day one, Rittenhouse’s attorneys had argued that one of the charges against him – possession of a firearm as a minor – should be dismissed based on their reading of what they called an exception in state law. Black’s attorney later made the same argument.
Just before the Rittenhouse case went to the jury, Judge Bruce Schroeder agreed with the defense that the law was too confusing and dismissed the property charges.
At the brief hearing on Monday, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said, while his office still disagrees with that interpretation, he knows that is Schroeder’s view and may dismiss Black’s case outright.
This, and the fact that Rittenhouse was also acquitted of the other charges, made it, Binger said, appropriate to investigate the case instead of going to the prosecution. Binger did not respond to questions from a reporter after the hearing.
Black’s Waukesha attorney, Anthony Cotton, said he had no evidence that federal authorities could bill his client for a straw purchase. He said Black now worked full-time for a fencing contractor and thought Rittenhouse was rightly acquitted.
Up until Monday’s hearing, Cotton said Black had been ordered to stay out of contact with Rittenhouse and didn’t think the two had spoken since immediately after the August 25, 2020 shootings.
This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Rittenhouse friend accepts quote for providing an AR-15 rifle