PEKIN, Ill. (AP) – An Illinois man faces three years in prison after being found guilty of illegally giving his son an assault-style rifle he later used to shoot and kill four people. in 2018 at Waffle House in Tennessee.
Last week, a judge convicted Jeffrey Reinking of illegally giving a firearm to a person who had received treatment for a mental illness within the past five years, the Journal Star (Peoria) reported. He remains free on bond pending his sentencing, which is set for June 17.
During Reinking’s May 13 bench trial, Tazewell County prosecutors argued that the rural Morton, Illinois man knew his son, Travis Reinking, had been through the same thing. mental health treatment in 2016.
In May 2016, police and firefighters responded to a pharmacy parking lot in Morton, where Travis Reinking told officers he believed singer Taylor Swift was stalking him and had break into his cell phone.
A report obtained by Star Magazine in 2018 showed that Travis Reinking was taken to Peoria hospital for evaluation following that incident and agreed to go to the hospital.
But Jeffrey Reinking’s attorney, Kevin Sullivan, argued in court that his client was unaware his son was being treated for mental health problems at the hospital. Sullivan said he knew his son was taken to the hospital but did not know why and was not guilty.
Because young Reinking had his gun owner’s ID revoked by the Illinois State Police, he couldn’t legally have a gun in the state. Travis Reinking turned over the gun to his father, who later returned it to him at some point before the deadly shooting at the Waffle House in Nashville, prosecutors said.
The assault-style rifle he used in that attack, the AR-15, was one of the guns his father gave him back.
Travis Reinking was sentenced to life in prison in February without the possibility of parole after being convicted of four counts of first-degree murder and other counts. He opened fire inside the restaurant on April 22, 2018, killing 29-year-old Taurean Sanderlin; Joey Perez, 20 years old; Akilah Dasilva, 23 years old; and DeEbony Groves, 21 years old.
Evidence at the trial of Travis Reinking showed that he suffered from schizophrenia and suffered from paranoia for many years, believing that unknown people were tormenting him. He contacted law enforcement multiple times to report that he was being threatened, stalked and harassed.
In July 2017, he was detained by the Secret Service after he ventured unarmed into a restricted area on the White House grounds and asked to meet then-President Donald Trump.
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