17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse still is facing two counts of murder as well as an attempted murder charge in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but the 19-year old friend who supplied the rifle that Rittenhouse carried with him on the night of August 25th is now facing criminal charges of his own.
Dominick Black is due in court today on two counts of intentionally giving a dangerous weapon to a person under 18 causing death, which is a felony punishable by up to six years in state prison.
Prosecutors say Dominick Black purchased the weapon from the Ladysmith Ace Home Center using money he received from 17-year-old Rittenhouse. Police say Black bought the weapon for Rittenhouse because he wasn’t 18-years-old yet and couldn’t do it himself.
Black and Rittenhouse agreed that the rifle would be stored at Black’s stepdad’s house since Rittenhouse did not have an Illinois Firearm Owner Identification card, according to the criminal complaint. Black’s stepdad lives in Kenosha.
According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 25, Rittenhouse and Black volunteered to protect the Car Source located on Sheridan Road. The two met at Black’s stepdad’s house where Black gave Rittenhouse the gun he had purchased, a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle.