CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Hours after Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse was freed Friday on a $2 million cash bond, some of the higher profile donors who contributed to his bail fund were revealed.
Actor Ricky Schroder, best known for roles in “NYPD Blue” and the 1980s sitcom “Silver Spoons,” reportedly contributed $150,000 that helped the Antioch, Illinois teen walk free, according to TMZ.
Rittenhouse attorney L. Lin Wood posted a photo Friday night on Twitter showing the 17-year-old surrounded by Schroder and fellow attorney John Pierce. Wood captioned the photo “FREE AT LAST!!!” and continued with, “Thank you, All Donors. Thank you, All Patriots. Thank God Almighty.”
In addition to Schroder's contribution, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell reportedly donated $50,000 to Rittenhouse defense, TMZ reported.
Pierce's Los Angeles-based law firm, Pierce Bainbridge, created the nonprofit, #FightBack Foundation, that’s raised more than $1.8 million for Rittenhouse's legal defense. A fundraiser on the Christian fundraising platform GiveSendGo said it’s raised $575,942 in donations, surpassing its stated goal of $500,000.
Rittenhouse faces multiple charges including homicide, attempted homicide, reckless endangerment and being a minor in possession of a firearm for the deadly shootings that killed two men and wounded a third on August 25 during demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.
Rittenhouse, who carried an AR-15-style gun, claims he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot demonstrators Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injured Gaige Grosskreutz.
Following the shootings, Rittenhouse crossed the border back to Illinois, turning himself into local authorities the next day. He was held in the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center for about two months and fought extradition to Wisconsin, which an Illinois judge approved on October 30.
Rittenhouse’s current location is undisclosed as he awaits trial but he shared details about the gun used in the shooting during an interview right before his release.
He revealed in a phone interview with the Washington Post that the gun used in the shooting was purchased using money he received from an unemployment check from the government during the coronavirus pandemic.
"I got my $1,200 from the coronavirus Illinois unemployment, because I was on furlough from YMCA, and I got my first unemployment check so I was like, 'Oh I'll use this to buy it,'" Rittenhouse told the Washington Post from the juvenile detention center.
Since Rittenhouse couldn’t legally purchase the gun himself under Wisconsin law, he gave his friend, Dominick Black, then 18, money to buy it for him, according to both Rittenhouse and police reports.
Black, now 19, was charged on November 3 with supplying the teen with the assault rifle used in the shootings. Black faces two felony counts of supplying a dangerous weapon to a minor causing death and could serve up to 25 years in prison if convicted on both counts.
He reportedly asked Rittenhouse to help guard businesses in Kenosha from looters and vandals during the demonstrations.