NBC News reports that a white man has been found guilty in the beating of a black man in Charlottesville. The beating took place during a white nationalist rally in the small town in Virginia, and the defendant was convicted of malicious wounding.
Jurors are recommending a 10-year prison sentence for Jacob Scott Goodwin from the August 12, 2017 attack on DeAndre Harris. Some of that jail time may be suspended, but Goodwin will also be ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.
Harris, who is only 20, suffered a spinal injury, broken arm and head lacerations requiring eight staples after the assault that took place in a parking garage. Three others were arrested in relation to the crime.
Goodwin, a 23-year-old from Arkansas, claimed self-defense in the courtroom. Prosecutors acknowledged that Harris had been heckling anyone there for the “Unite the Right” rally, but Goodwin was ready for battle, showing up in goggles, a shield and headgear, sys NBC affiliate WVIR.
Harris was initially charged for an earlier confrontation with Harold Crews, a North Carolina lawyer. Harris attacked the lawyer with a flashlight. Just moments later, Harris was beaten in the parking garage just next to the police department.
Harris surrendered after being served a warrant for unlawful wounding, but in March was found not guilty. The judge in the case determined that he was only trying to defend his friend from Crews.
Videos of the beating of Harris went viral, showing him being hit by pipes and boards, leading investigators to the suspects in the attack.
Goodwin’s parents are subject in a documentary called “Path To Radicalization: A Mother Turns to Hate,” and Goodwin appears in it while in jail.
He is scheduled for sentencing on August 23.
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