Kyle Rittenhouse broke down in tears after the jury found him guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Rachael Grant. Rittenhouse testified that he accidentally hit Grant, who died on her wedding day, with his car in a traffic crash. Grant’s family say Rittenhouse drove drunk and head-on hit Grant and their car before fleeing. Rittenhouse had faced a minimum prison sentence of 60 years or a maximum of life in prison.
“So, why did you run?” Rittenhouse’s lawyer asks in the video above.
“I couldn’t help it. I don’t have the words. There’s nothing I can do. I didn’t mean to hit her,” Rittenhouse says.
Rittenhouse told jurors that he had been having a “bad day” the day of the crash and was taking medications to control his alcohol consumption.
“I’m feeling guilty, sorry for my actions. I’m sorry for her family,” Rittenhouse said.
Rittenhouse says he knew he was drunk before he left work that morning and that drinking and driving was an “unacceptable situation.” He says he was depressed and felt he let his friends down.
Rittenhouse says Grant “turned into an angel” the night before.