Actor Ricky Schroder donated $150k to $2M cash bail fund to get accused murderer Kyle Rittenhouse out of jail
ACTOR Ricky Schroder, who rose to fame on the 1980s sitcom Silver Spoons, donated $150k to get accused teen murderer Kyle Rittenhouse out of jail.
Rittenhouse, 17, who is accused of killing two people during a Black Lives Matter protest over the summer, was released on Friday after posting a $2million bail.
In addition to Schroder's hefty donation, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell also reportedly gave a significant contribution: $50,000.
Rittenhouse is accused of shooting and killing two men, and injuring another, on August 25 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after protests broke out over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse has claimed he acted in self defense, even though he traveled across state lines – from Illinois – to Kenosha.
The teen's lawyer, Lin Wood, announced that his client was free on bail thanks to the generosity of some key donors.
Wood shared a photo of his client with Schroder and attorney John Pierce, along with the caption: "Thank you, All Donors. Thank you, All Patriots. Thank God Almighty."
Wood thanked both Schroder and Lindell for "putting us over the top," according to TMZ.
Schroder – who appeared in cop drama NYPD Blue later in his career – was slammed by critics online after news broke that he donated money to the teen.
Rittenhouse allegedly killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, a homeless man with mental health problems, and Anthony Huber, 26, who hit him with a skateboard, the Washington Post reported.
He's also been charged with wounding a third protester, Gaige Grosskreutz.
Family members and lawyers of his alleged victims had asked for a higher bail, expressing concern Rittenhouse would flee, which his attorneys said he would not.
Rittenhouse is claiming self defense. In an interview before he was released, the teen told The Washington Post that he did not "regret [carrying a gun that night]."
"I feel I had to protect myself," he said. "I would have died that night if I didn’t."
"I was going into a place where people had guns. And God forbid, somebody brought a gun to me and decided to shoot me, like I wanted to be protected, which I ended up having to protect myself. "
A judge rejected the 17-year-old's request to remain in Illinois, where he was being held at a juvenile facility in Vernon Hills, but he was extradited to Kenosha, Wisconsin at the end of October.
Rittenhouse – who is facing six charges, including intentional homicide, which carries a life sentence – told cops he "shot two white kids" and “ended a man’s life” when he turned himself in the next day.
The suspected teen shooter told the Post that he bought an AR-15 with stimulus check money and kept it at the home of his friend's stepdad.
"I got my $1,200 from the coronavirus Illinois unemployment 'cause I was on furlough from YMCA," he explained.
"I got my first unemployment check so I was like 'oh, I'll use this to buy it."
As a minor, under Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse could only shoot it for target practice under adult supervision but he couldn't own or carry the weapon.
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