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Rittenhouse Friend Likely to Plead No Contest in Gun-Purchase Deal

The friend of Kyle Rittenhouse who bought him an assault-style rifle when he was only 17, has agreed to plead no contest to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a non-criminal citation, and avoid convictions on two felonies, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Dominick Black, 20, was charged with two counts of delivering a dangerous weapon to a minor, resulting in death. The two counts related to Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, protesters Rittenhouse killed on Aug. 25, 2020, in Kenosha. Black was 18 when he purchased the Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle for Rittenhouse at a hardware store. At 17, Rittenhouse was too young to buy the weapon legally. In November, a jury found him not guilty, based on his self-defense claim.

Black was the first prosecution witness at Rittenhouse's trial, but the status of his own charges were up in the air after Judge Bruce Schroeder agreed to throw out one of the charges against Rittenhouse – that he unlawfully possessed a firearm as a minor. The defense convinced Schroeder that an exception in the law allows 17-year-olds to possess rifles and shotguns, or at least left the law too vague to be enforceable. On Friday, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger filed a proposed plea agreement. It suggested Black would plead no contest to two citations, and pay a $2,000 fine, and the felony counts would be dismissed.


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