Darrell Brooks appears to weep in court as he's charged in Waukesha Christmas parade attack; 6th victim dies

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Darrell Brooks, 39, made his first court appearance Tuesday in the deadly attack at the Waukesha Christmas parade.
The ex-con charged with killing five people at a Wisconsin Christmas parade was ordered held on $5 million at his first court appearance Tuesday — with prosecutors revealing that he'll be hit with a sixth homicide count after a child struck in the Sunday attack has died.

Darrell Brooks, 39, who was only free because he was cut loose on "inappropriately low" bail in an unrelated case, now faces little chance of making bail and will spend the rest of his life behind bars if he's convicted.

"There are not words to describe the risk that this defendant presents to our community," prosecutor Susan Opper told Waukesha County Court Commissioner Kevin Costello in court.

"Not only flight risk but the dangerousness that he presents, his history of violence and the allegations in this complaint where it is stated plainly that on several occasions he was told to stop by police officers," she said. "They risked their own safety to try and step in front of the car to stop him."

Jackson Sparks, 8, has been ID'd as the latest parade attack victim.

Darrell Brooks appears emotional as he's charged in the Waukesha, Wis., Christmas parade attack. Pool via CBS

"Everything was done to get him to stop, and he just simply continued down the roadway causing death and destruction in his path."

Brooks is charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the attack Sunday at the Waukesha Christmas parade, but Opper said he will be hit with a sixth charge following the death Tuesday of Jackson Sparks, 8, who had been in critical condition after the attack.

Each homicide count carries a potential sentence of life without parole. Wisconsin does not have a death penalty statute.

Earlier this month, Darrell Brooks had been cut loose on "inappropriately low" bail in an earlier criminal case. Pool via CBS

Brooks bowed his head during the proceedings and at one point appeared to weep as the judge detailed his lengthy criminal record. Pool via CBS

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