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Kyle Rittenhouse Could Face Lesser Chargers As Trial Nears Conclusion

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who shot and killed two protesters last year in Wisconsin, could now face lesser charges after prosecutors plan to submit additional charges.

Rittenhouse currently faces six charges for his actions in Kenosha on the night of Aug. 25, 2020, when he was armed with an AR-15 rifle. He killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz.

Three of those charges are homicide-related charges; first-degree reckless homicide for killing Rosenbaum, first-degree intentional homicide for killing Huber and first-degree attempted intentional homicide for shooting Grosskreutz.

Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Now, prosecutors say they plan to ask the judge to allow the jury to consider lesser versions of at least two of those charges: those related to the shootings of Huber and Grosskreutz. Lesser charges could include reckless homicide rather than intentional homicide, or second degree rather than first degree. Different charges have different requirements, some of which may fit better with the prosecution’s case, legal experts said.

In addition to the homicide charges, Rittenhouse faces two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, along with a misdemeanor charge of illegally possessing a gun. Prosecutors said they do not intend to modify those charges.