Ahead of closed arguments at the trial, where Kyle Rittenhouse faces charges of shooting three people during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the judge on Monday dismissed one count of juvenile arms possession, a charge that had maximum The prison sentence is nine months.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder threw a sixth count against Rittenhouse — the misdemeanor of a dangerous weapon by a man under the age of 18.
According to Wisconsin law, it is illegal for a person under the age of 18 to own a firearm, except for hunting.
Defense lawyers argued in court Monday that there was an exception to the state statute that included whether the rifle was short-barreled.
After prosecutors acknowledged that Rittenhouse’s rifle was not short-barreled, Schroeder dismissed the charge.
While the charge was a misdemeanor, it was one of the most likely sentences for the prosecution, as Rittenhouse, who was 17 on the night of the shooting, was armed with an AR-15.