Father of Highland Park shooting suspect appears in court charged with acting recklessly to guarantee son’s FOID card


The father of Robert Climo III, the alleged Highland Park shooter, is scheduled to appear in Lake County Court Thursday for case management on charges of reckless conduct.

Robert Climo Jr. was indicted in December with seven felony counts for insuring his son on a state form in 2019 when he cleared Climo III to obtain firearms owner identification. At the time, Crimo III said he was 19 years old and as a minor applicant, a parent signature was required to obtain a FOID card. Climo III has been charged with seven murders and several other charges.

Highwood resident Crimo Jr., 58, has been released on bail since being indicted. His lawsuit was scheduled for Thursday and he was brought to court temporarily on Jan. 12.

He has not yet been arraigned, according to court records.

Climo was able to legally insure his son on the state’s firearms form, but Lake County prosecutors claim the father’s actions were reckless.

When the father was indicted in December, state attorney Eric Reinhart hinted that there was a problem behind Climo III, and that his father should have known about it before he sponsored the FOID card. Stated.

Klimo III attempted suicide in April 2019 and allegedly threatened his family that year, but no charges were filed in the incident, officials said. The Illinois State Police, which issues FOID cards, says it has no record of red flags on Crimo III on file.

Prosecutors have charged Climo Jr. with reckless conduct for killing seven people he allegedly killed when his son opened fire during the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park on July 4.

Crimo III remains in custody in lieu of bail on 117 felony counts for the shooting that injured dozens of spectators. He has a case management date scheduled for next week, according to court records.


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