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.

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An unidentified Ku Klux Klan member positions throughout a pro-Confederacy rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 8, 2017.
When browsing Rogers’ truck, cops found iconography related to both the well-known hate group and the Confederacy, along with a rifle and ammo. One day after the incident took place, Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor released a statement pledging to penalize Rogers.

” The accused, by his own admission and by a cursory look at social media, is a confessed leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a propagandist for Confederate ideology,” Taylor said on June 8.

Black Lives Matter protests against authorities cruelty and racial oppression that emerged across the country following the Might 25, 2020 death of George Floyd were accompanied by lots of events of lorries driving into crowds of protesters, often deliberately. University of Chicago researcher Ari Weil found that there were at least 104 such occurrences in the time in between Floyd’s death and September 5.

Although a few of the occurrences led to death or serious injuries, a number of GOP lawmakers in states like Missouri and Florida reacted by promoting legislation that would limit or remove criminal charges for those who drove into crowds of protesters, while increasing possible penalties for those who participate in “unlawful” presentations.

Newsweek reached out to the Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for remark.


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