Right now, the 17-year-old killer, Kyle Rittenhouse, is out of jail on a $2 million bond. But to accomplish this incredible feat, he got some help from high-profile donors.
Among these donors were Ricky Schroder, an actor, and Mike Lindell, MyPillow CEO.
For this questionable form of generosity, Ricky faced a lot of backlash online. However, he still stood by his decision and went to pose with Rittenhouse soon after his release.
He even posed in a photo with him. The picture was shared by Lin Wood in a tweet.
Lin is one of Rittenhouse's lawyers, and the photo had the caption "FREE AT LAST!!!" The photo features Rittenhouse, Ricky Schroder, and one of his attorneys, John Pierce.
Nevertheless, the backlash the actor got on Twitter had an impact. Schroder said in a tweet that he was leaving Twitter.
Apparently, the actor gave up $150,000 to make sure Rittenhouse got out of jail.
Schroder started his career in the film industry as a child actor. Today, he is also a film director.
His debut came in the 1979 film, The Champ, and his star rose as he turned into a child star on Silver Spoons.
As an adult, he has gained popularity for his role in NYPD Blue, a crime-drama series. However, his adult acting career has not been as successful.
In 2004, he directed Black Cloud, which was a drama centered on a Navajo boxer. He also directed "Whiskey Lullaby" in the same year and even starred in it.
Now, Back To Rittenhouse
The 17-year-old's bail was set at $2 million. After Loren Keating, Kenosha County court commissioner, this was argued that the boy was a flight risk since he lives in a different state.
However, the gravity of Rittenhouse's crimes was instrumental in setting the bail. The judge foresaw that since the charges he faced could carry the possibility of a life sentence, he had a "reasonable basis to flee."
Rittenhouse was charged with shooting and killing 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum as well as Anthony Huber, 26. He also injured Gaige Grosskreutz, a 22-year-old.
Mark Richards argued that the youngster had acted in self-defense. On that basis, he pushed for the judge to grant him a $750,000 bail.
The lawyer had also asked the court commissioner to dismiss Rittenhouse's misdemeanor firearm possession charge.
Without a doubt, those who lost their loved ones to Rittenhouse's shootings will not be thrilled that he made bail. It will hurt them even more that it took such a short amount of time for the donors to come up with all that cash.
According to Rittenhouse, the gun was purchased illegally. Apparently, he used the money he received from his coronavirus stimulus check to buy the weapon, which he used during the protests.
Since he was only 17, he could not legally buy a weapon in the state of Wisconsin.
To get the gun, he gave Dominick Black, his 18-year-old friend, the money to get the weapon. He also admitted that he bought the gun with the goal of taking it to the protests, where he ended up shooting down other protesters.