Rittenhouse Prosecution’s Star Witness Has a Long Criminal History

The star witness of the prosecution in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse has been revealed to have an even longer criminal history than previously thought, including such crimes as domestic abuse, burglary, and driving under the influence, as reported by Breitbart.

Gaige Grosskreutz was the third and final person shot by Rittenhouse during the race riots in Kenosha on August 25th, 2020. As the only one of the three to survive his injuries, the prosecution held him in high regard as their most important witness against the 18-year-old defendant.

However, Grosskreutz’s past includes at least six crimes, ranging from prowling to domestic abuse. One of Grosskreutz’s crimes, a second DUI conviction, was thrown out shortly before the trial started after his attorney filed a successful Motion to Suppress Evidence. Ten days before the trial began, Grosskreutz was arrested for prowling around a parking lot after midnight and secretly recording the personal vehicles of police officers.

In 2015, Grosskreutz faced both his first DUI charge and a charge of carrying a loaded firearm while under the influence. In 2013, he smashed a window in his ex-girlfriend’s bedroom at 4:00 AM. The police report on the incident states that he texted her shortly afterward, saying “I’m about to come back and it’s not going to be pretty, so you better answer.” In 2012, Grosskreutz faced a felony charge of burglary for trying to steal three PlayStation consoles.

His earliest known crimes stem back to 2010, when he allegedly hit his own grandmother in the face, and broke a lamp in her house against a wall. Grosskreutz may also have committed crimes in his youth, but his juvenile record remains sealed.

At the time of the riots, Grosskreutz was a convicted felon who was not allowed to be in possession of a firearm. After Rittenhouse defended himself against attacks by Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, Grosskreutz approached Rittenhouse with a pistol in his hand while Rittenhouse was on the ground. Although he initially approached with his hands up, he eventually lowered the pistol and pointed it directly at Rittenhouse, at which point the teenager fired one shot which blew out the biceps of Grosskreutz’s right arm, disarming him.

While under cross-examination by the defense, Grosskreutz admitted to the previously-unknown fact that he had pointed his gun at Rittenhouse before the shot was fired, and conceded that Rittenhouse only shot him after he clearly aimed his own gun at him.

The other two men shot by Rittenhouse also had criminal histories. Rosenbaum was a convicted child molester who had raped multiple boys between the ages of 9 and 11, while Huber also had a history of domestic violence. Rittenhouse had no criminal record prior to that night, and was in Kenosha with his friends defending several private businesses that were in danger of being vandalized or burned down by far-left domestic terrorists, including Black Lives Matter and Antifa.

Closing arguments in his trial were made on Monday, and jury deliberations took place over the course of the entire day on Tuesday. The verdict may be announced as soon as today. Rittenhouse faces five charges: First-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and two separate counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted of the most severe charge, first-degree intentional homicide, the 18-year-old Rittenhouse would face life in prison.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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