A Ku Klux Klan leader who deliberately drove into a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters in Virginia last summer season will get a reduced jail sentence after appealing his conviction.
Harry Rogers, 37, was condemned of driving into the protesters with his truck in June 2020 and sentenced to six years in prison in August. He appealed his sentence and on Thursday pleaded guilty to charges that bring an optimal sentence of only 5 years in exchange for four other charges being dropped, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Rogers drove his blue Chevrolet truck into the crowd of protesters around 5: 45 p.m. on June 7, striking a minimum of three people. A guy’s toe was run over and a lady was struck twice, the event did not result in any extreme injuries. He reportedly took to social networks to brag about the vehicular assault quickly after it occurred.
” This Chevrolet 2500 went up on the curb and through the protest,” Rogers stated in a Facebook live video that played throughout Thursday’s hearing, according to the paper. “They started scattering like [expletive] cockroaches … It’s kind of funny if you ask me.”
By pleading guilty to the five charges, Rogers prevented a trial that would have happened next week. The charges that were dropped consisted of felony charges that may have resulted in an extended sentence. Rogers did not strike a sentencing handle prosecutors and he might possibly get less than five years at a hearing set to happen on February 9.
” The only people that made contact with the truck were those who put themselves in front of the truck,” Rogers’ lawyer George Townsend, who prepares to argue for a reduced sentence based upon mitigating scenarios, reportedly informed the judge.