An Illinois man faces up to three years in prison after he was convicted of illegally giving his son an assault rifle, which he later used to shoot at a Waffle House in Tennessee in 2018, killing four people.
Last week, a judge found Jeffrey Reinking guilty of illegally supplying firearms to a mentally ill person for the past five years. (Peoria) Journal Star: reports. He remains at large pending his verdict, which is set for June 17.
During a May 13 hearing in the Raising trial, Teswell County prosecutors claimed that a resident of Morton, Illinois, knew that his son, Tris Reinking, had undergone mental health treatment in 2016.
In May 2016, police and firefighters responded to a parking lot at a pharmacy in Morton, where Tracey Reinking told police he thought singer Taylor Swift was chasing him and had broken his cell phone.
James Shaw Jr., a black man, became a hero after he removed his gun from Reinking.
Reports Journal Star: What was found in 2018 showed that Tracey Reinking had been taken to Peoria Hospital for an evaluation after the incident and had agreed to go to the hospital.
But Jeffrey Rainking’s lawyer, K. Sullivan, insisted at trial that his client did not know his son had been treated in hospital for mental health problems. Sullivan said he knew his son had been taken to hospital but did not know why he was not guilty.
As Reinking Jr. withdrew his Illinois gun owner identification card, he could not legally own a firearm in the state. Prosecutors say Tris Reinking handed over her weapons to her father, who later returned them shortly before the deadly shooting at Nashville Waffle House.
The assault rifle he used during the attack, the AR-15, was one of the rifles his father returned.
Tris Reinking was sentenced in February to life in prison without parole after being convicted of four counts of first-degree murder and other charges. He opened fire inside the restaurant on April 22, 2018, killing 29-year-old Tauren Sanderlin; Joy Perez, 20; Aquila Dasilva, 23; և DeEbony Groves, 21:
Evidence from Tracey Reink’s trial showed he had schizophrenia and had been suffering from delusions for years, believing that unknown people were torturing him. He appealed to the law enforcement agencies several times, stating that he was threatened, persecuted or persecuted.
He was arrested by the Secret Service in July 2017 after he unarmed broke into a restricted area of the White House and demanded a meeting with then-President Donald Trump.
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