First attacker convicted In Charlottesville rally.
An Arkansas white supremacist who beat a black man in a parking garage in Charlottesville, Va., during the deadly “Unite the Right” rally has been found guilty of malicious wounding.
A jury recommended Jacob Scott Goodwin, 23, receive a 10-year sentence and be fined $200,000 for his Aug. 12 attack of DeAndre Harris, according to the Associated Press .
Goodwin left Harris, a 20-year-old former special education instructional assistant, with a spinal injury, a broken arm, and head wounds.
Despite wearing a military tactical helmet and using a large shield, Goodwin was identified online by activists led by Black Lives Matter’s Shaun King, per the Washington Post.
Harris in March was acquitted of misdemeanor assault and battery against one of the other white nationalists involved in the incident.
Harris had tried to defend a fellow counterprotester, who was being hit in the stomach with a flagpole, by striking the white supremacist with a flashlight.
The “Unite the Right” demonstration was originally held to protest the removal of a Confederate statue, but tensions between protesters and counterprotesters quickly escalated. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a self-described neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. President Trump made headlines when he said there was blame on “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville.
Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard E. Moore will sentence Goodwin on Aug. 23.