Charlottesville/ Unite The Right Prison Sentences Handed Down
Some Justice - Heather Heyer's murder trial not underway yet, but other bigots are going to prison.
Jacob Scott Goodwin, Alex Michael Ramos sentenced to state prison in beating of DeAndre Harris
Two men with neo-Nazi and militia ties were sentenced Thursday to state prison for taking part in a gang assault of a man in a Charlottesville parking garage during the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017.
Jacob Scott Goodwin, a 24-year-old neo-Nazi sympathizer from Ward, Arkansas, received an eight-year prison sentence, with two more years suspended for his role in the beating of 21-year-old DeAndre Harris, who was prone on the ground during much of the attack.
In a separate hearing, Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore handed down a six-year sentence for 34-year-old Alex Michael Ramos of Jackson, Georgia. Ramos, a onetime member of a militia group called the Georgia Security Force III%, ran from across a street to kick and stomp on Harris as the beating went on. Ramos also faces three years of probation that could be converted to more prison time if he violates the terms of the supervised release.
This is one of the most brutal attacks our community has wrestled with, said prosecutor Nina Antony.
Klan leader Richard Preston sentenced to four years in prison for firing gun at Unite the Right
It was a short goodbye for what will be a relatively long absence.
A judge in Charlottesville, Virginia, sentenced the 53-year-old Preston on Tuesday to four years in prison with another four years suspended for firing a gun into a crowd during the Unite the Right rally of Aug. 12, 2017. The prison sentence handed down by Charlottesville Circuit Judge Richard Moore marked the first felony sentence stemming from the deadly rally, which saw the downtown area of the city of 48,000 overrun by neo-Nazis, racists, white supremacists and others on that deadly weekend.
Preston pleaded no contest to firing a shot during the rally that did not hit anyone.
It was just pure belligerence, Moore said.
Initial claim of self-defense
Preston, a Baltimore, Maryland, resident, is the Imperial Wizard of the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, although that affiliation went unmentioned during the nearly 40-minute hearing. In a video filmed by the ACLU of Virginia, Preston is seen firing a pistol at counter-protesters.
Preston was convicted for firing a gun near a school. The gun was fired at the rally, but he wasn't charged with anything related to the rally.