A Virginia man who prosecutors say was seen on video slugging white supremacist Jason Kessler one day after last year's deadly rally in Charlottesville was slapped with a $1 fine on Tuesday.
Jeffrey Winder was convicted of misdemeanor assault and battery for a second time during an appeal trial and faced up to 12 months in jail and $2,500 in fines.
However, a jury in Charlottesville decided the $1 fine and no jail time was enough, according to the Daily Progress newspaper.
Kessler, the organizer of the Unite the Right rally, was trying to hold a press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall when he was attacked on Aug. 13, 2017. He was forced to flee.
One day earlier Heather Heyer had been killed when a car plowed into counter-protesters. James Fields, Jr. has been charged with her murder.
“I was attacked in front of the whole world, and then people made fun of me for it,” Kessler said in court, according to the Daily Progress.
Winder and Phoebe Stevens had both been convicted and sentenced to 30 days in jail for the attack, but both appealed, according to the Daily Progress. A third person, Brandon Collins, was given a 10-day suspended sentence as part of an Alford plea.
Kessler said he is planning to sue the police department and the city for “failing to protect him," according to the newspaper. He also said he made contact with Fields.
“I wanted to hear his side of the story,” Kessler said, according to the Daily Progress.
With News Wire Services