Jury adds 110 charges against July 4th murder suspect

Robert Crimo will face a total of 21 counts of murder, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

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The attack left seven dead and more than 50 injured.

A grand jury from Lake County, Illinois, United Statesadded this Wednesday, 27, 110 new criminal charges against Robert Crimowho was arrested in the shooting July 4th in the suburbs of Chicago that left seven people dead and more than 50 wounds. The district attorney’s office had already filed seven counts of murder against the 21-year-old on July 5, adding another 14 counts of first-degree murder, 48 counts of attempted murder and 48 counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. Crimo’s lawyers have not yet issued a formal response to either charge, but prosecutors said Crimo admitted to firing when police arrested him. The state of Illinois, home to the town of Highland Park, where the shooting took place, does not provide for the death penalty, and if the suspect is found guilty, the law requires the sentence to be life in prison without parole.

Highland Park police found that Crimo spent weeks planning the shooting and disguised himself in women’s clothing so as not to arouse suspicion during the escape. The man was apprehended hours after the attack, following a fast and relentless pursuit. Investigators confirmed that the suspect had purchased the weapon, a high-caliber rifle, legally and that he also had other legally purchased firearms. Crimo allegedly climbed onto a roof near an Independence Day parade, which is celebrated in the US on July 4, and indiscriminately fired more than 70 shots into the crowd.

*With information from EFE

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