The Smith & Wesson M&P15 used by Kyle Rittenhouse to defend himself during the 2020 Kenosha riots will be destroyed by the state of Wisconsin, according to the DA’s office.
The rifle, a budget entry-level variant built on the AR-15 pattern and sporting an equally entry-level Sightmark red dot, will not be returned to Rittenhouse.
An agreement made between prosecutors, Rittenhouse and Dominick Black [the latter having purchased the rifle] was announced on Friday morning, deciding the fate of the rifle.
“The Kenosha police department and joint services will destroy that firearm, as well as the magazine and the scope,” Assistant District Attorney Tom Binger told the court. “It will not be in anyone’s possession.”
Binger became infamous during the trial for pointing the AR-15 and individuals during his attempt to convict Rittenhouse, spawning countless memes.
According to the New York Post, Rittenhouse’s camp is satisfied with the outcome, as the young man did not want the Sightmark-topped S&W Sport II OR to become some sort of trophy or political symbol.
“I discussed this with my client, and it meets his goals,” stated Mark Richards, Rittenhouse’s attorney.
Video of the weapon’s destruction -which will take place at a Wisconsin crime lab- will be presented to the defense.
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