Father of Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking charged with gun crime in Illinois

    Jeffrey ReinkingPhoto: Tazewell County State's Attorney

    Jeffrey Reinking, father of Waffle House shooting suspect Travis Reinking, faces a gun crime charge in Illinois.

    The elder Reinking is charged with unlawful delivery of a firearm. The charge alleges that in Nov. 2017, Jeffrey Reinking gave a Bushmaster AR-15 to Travis Reinking, who had been a patient at a mental health facility within the past five years.

    Travis Reinking is accused of killing four people in the Antioch Waffle House shooting.

    Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department

    "Mass shootings have raised public awareness regarding the need to keep firearms out of the hands of persons afflicted with mental illness," Tazewell County State's Attorney Stewart Umholtz said. "There is good reason why our legislature has chosen to make this a criminal offense. While I strongly support citizens rights under the Second Amendment, I also strongly support holding individuals accountable for the commission of criminal offenses related to firearms."

    According to court documents, Jeffrey Reinking gave guns back to his son that had been confiscated when his son said he was moving away.

    Text messages show that Travis asked his dad for his guns back in Nov. 2017; Jeffrey responding, "Okay." Jeffrey Reinking also sent a message to his son, saying "We are concerned" in January 2018.

    A lawsuit filed by the mother of Waffle House shooting victim Akilah DaSilva asks that Travis Reinking and his father, Jeffrey, be held liable for the murder of her son.

    Jeffrey Reinking is now free on bond. If convicted on the gun charge in Illinois, he could be sentenced to probation or one to three years DOC with a possible fine up to $25,000. Jeffrey Reinking is expected back in court in April.

    This is a developing story. Updates will be posted here.

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