In a recent legal development, Robert Crimo Jr., the father of the Highland Park mass shooting suspect, entered a guilty plea to a charge of reckless conduct. The plea was submitted prior to what would have been the commencement of his bench trial on Monday.
Crimo Jr. was facing seven counts of reckless conduct for his role in aiding his son, Robert Crimo III, in obtaining a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card. In Illinois, individuals between the ages of 18 and 20 require parental consent for FOID card applications. At the time of the application, Crimo III was 19 and ineligible to apply independently.
Following his arrest in December 2022, Crimo Jr. decided to accept a plea deal which includes a 60-day jail sentence and two years of probation. George Gomez, Crimo Jr.’s attorney, communicated to the press that his client chose the plea deal to prevent further public distress for his family and the Highland Park community, avoiding a reliving of the events in a high-profile trial.
Crimo III stands accused in the 2022 Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park, a Chicago suburb, which resulted in the deaths of seven individuals and injuries to many. Days after the tragedy, Crimo Jr. defended his actions to ABC News, explaining that he signed a consent form allowing his son to undergo the state’s process for obtaining a FOID card, which includes background checks.
Crimo Jr. insisted his involvement was limited to signing the consent form, emphasizing that his son had completed the gun ownership process independently.
Meanwhile, Robert Crimo III has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including murder and attempted murder. The court has not yet scheduled a trial date for the younger Crimo.