Waukesha Christmas Parade Suspect Threatened to Blow Up Nevada Casino

Waukesha Christmas parade suspects Darrell Brooks has been found to have a long criminal record in multiple states. And that long rap extends to Nevada, where the court documents unveil that he once threatened to bomb the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks.

Washoe County, Nevada, court records show that Brook, now 39-years-old, in 2007 confessed to phoning in a fake bomb threat to the Nugget Casino. The resort is located less than three miles east of downtown Reno.

Brooks pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a period of trial for the criminal charge of disturbing peace. The Nugget banned him for life.

His guilty read,

“The said defendant or about the 18th day of March 2007, at Sparks Township, within the County of Washoe, State of Nevada, did willfully and unlawfully, through the use of the telephone make a threat concerning an alleged attempt to be made to damage and destroy John Ascuaga’s Nugget, 1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, Washoe County, Nevada, by means of an explosive and bomb.”

The late John Ascuaga was a Nevada casino settler. Before his death in June 2021, Ascuaga sold his Sparks Nugget Casino for an unrevealed price to Anthony Marnell III’s Marnell Gaming, who rebranded it “Nugget Casino Resort.”

Ascuaga was known for roaming the Nugget with a smile on his face, talking informally with workers and visitors.

The Nugget Casino is one of the biggest casino resorts in Northern Nevada. The complex contains 1,600 hotel rooms, a casino floor with 900 slot machines and 30 table games, and a convention venue.

The Nugget has not lacked controversy throughout the years, including a shooting death on the gaming floor and a $1 million fine in an anti-money laundering case.

Nevada warrant

Darrell Brook has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional murder for breaking his SUV into the Waukesha Christmas parade Sunday afternoon. A sixth person and the youngest, an eight-year-old boy, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, likely leading to a sixth murder charge.

Brooks, a Milwaukee resident at the time of his Waukesha, Wisconsin, arrest, has been detained and charged with crimes at least ten times since 1999. His bomb threat conviction in Nevada is not only a run-in with the law.

In 2006, Brooks was found guilty of a rape charge in Nevada for having consensual sex with a 15-year-old minor who later became pregnant. He received three years of trial and became a listed sex offender in that lawsuit.

Brooks’ time before the Nevada court did not end there. He was charged again in 2016 for allegedly violating the state’s sex crime laws. However, Nevada law enforcement says he skipped town on bail and failed to appear for his court date. That led to Nevada giving a warrant for his arrest.

Despite being in remand two more times in Wisconsin before the Waukesha parade terror, authorities did not hand Brooks to Nevada authorities to face the sex crime charge.

Short prison spell

Nevada sentenced Darrel Brooks to 12 to 36 months in jail for his 2007 conviction. He was imprisoned in July 2007 but released after 14 months in September of the following year.

As Nevada’s continuing arrest warrant for his 2016 failure to appear in court, state arrest warrants usually go unserved despite the individual in question being apprehended in another state.

Davis Bierie, a professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, says that there are more than two million active criminal warrants in the United States every day.

In 2015 Bierie wrote, “Over one million of these warrants are for felonies, and approximately 100,000 are for serious violent crime.”

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