Darrell Brooks sentencing hearing interrupted by threat to courthouse

WAUKESHA, Wis. — The sentencing hearing for Darrell Brooks was interrupted Tuesday morning after an anonymous threat was made to the Waukesha County Courthouse.

Reporters for CBS58 covering the sentencing hearing say the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after the threat was made. Security was also increased at the courthouse.

Photos from the courthouse show law enforcement in tactical gear at the doors of the courthouse.

Statements were being read on victims’ behalf when the hearing was interrupted with an abrupt request for a break, saying it was “important” before the courtroom was cleared.

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Court resumed shortly after 11 a.m. after the threat was investigated.

Prosecutors expected the sentencing hearing for Brooks to last more than one day, even before the delay Tuesday morning. Dozens of victims of the Waukesha Christmas parade and their families wanted to speak or submit written statements before a sentence was handed down. Brooks said he had about six people who wanted to speak on his behalf before sentencing as well.

Brooks will receive a mandatory life sentence after being convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, but Judge Jennifer Dorow will make a decision on whether he will ever be eligible for parole.