On Jan 23rd Wisconsin judge changed the terms of his bail. Rittenhouse’s attorney did not challenge the terms of the new bond after they were proposed in January and the teen, who has turned 18, is free after posting bail of $2 million.
Under the new terms, the teen cannot drink alcohol nor can he have any weapons. He is also barred from meeting those who harass others on the basis of race or religion.
Prosecutors had alleged that the Illinois teen was at a bar in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin on January 5, along with his mother. Many states in the U.S. state that a person must be 21 years of age to drink alcohol, legally. However, in Wisconsin, people below the age of 21 can drink alcohol if they are accompanied by a parent.
Federal prosecutors wrote in their motion Wednesday that they learned Kyle Rittenhouse was no longer living at his Antioch address after the court mailed him a notice and it was returned as undeliverable on Jan. 28. Kenosha detectives traveled to the address on Tuesday and discovered another man had rented the apartment and had been living there since mid-December.
The prosecutors said in their motion that it’s unusual for any homicide defendant to be allowed to roam freely and the court needs to know where Rittenhouse is at all times. Kyle Rittenhouse has failed to provide the court with a new address.
“He posted no money so he has no financial stake in the bond,” they wrote. “He is already facing the most serious possible criminal charges and life in prison, so in comparison, potential future criminal penalties are insignificant.”
While he was at the bar, the teen is said to have drunk three beers. It was also said that he was serenaded by a group of five men, who sang a song that is used as an anthem for Proud Boys, a far- right group in the nation. The prosecutors mentioned this in the motion before the judge.
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