TAZEWELL COUNTY, IL (WSMV) - Jeffrey Reinking, the father of accused Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking, has been charged with felony unlawful delivery of a firearm.
The charge alleges that Jeffrey Reinking knowingly gave an AR-15 to his son between November 12 and November 30, 2017. Travis Reinking had been a patient at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois in the Mental Health Unit within the last five years.
According to Tazewell County, Illinois State Attorney Stewart J. Umholtz, there is a reason the state legislature made it 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," said Umholtz.
Joel Brown, attorney for Jeffrey Reinking, released a statement Thursday afternoon denouncing the charges.
"Jeff Reinking has not committed a criminal offense. He has been charged under an Illinois statute that prohibits the sale or gift of firearms to someone who has been in a mental institution. But Jeff didn't sell or gift Travis the guns. The district attorney wants to pound a round peg into a square hole because of the terrible events that happened months after Travis's weapons were returned to him. Returning Travis's guns to Travis is not a criminal offense and we will fight it in court."
NBC affiliate WEEK-TV reports that Jeffrey Reinking had turned himself in and has since posted bond. He will be arraigned on April 25, 2019 in Tazewell County, Illinois.
The attorney for the family of Akilah DaSilva who died in the shooting reacted to the charges on Thursday.
“The DaSilva family appreciates that Mr. Reinking has been criminally charged for the illegal firearm transfer that caused the preventable murder of Akilah DaSilva and three other innocent victims. They appreciate having had the opportunity to share evidence with the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, and they hope that federal criminal charges will be forthcoming as well," Daniel Horwitz, the family's attorney said in a statement.