Virginia man convicted of slugging white supremacist who organized deadly Charlottesville rally fined $1

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.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 13: Counter protesters (L) confront Jason Kessler (C), an organizer of 'Unite the Right' rally, after Kessler tried to speak outside the Charlottesville City Hall on August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The city of Charlottesville remains on edge following violence at a 'Unite the Right' rally held by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Unite The Right rally organizer Jason Kessler attempts to speak at a press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 13, 2017. REUTERS/Justin Ide
Unite The Right rally organizer Jason Kessler is helped by police after being tackled by a woman after he attempted to speak at a press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 13, 2017. REUTERS/Justin Ide TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Unite The Right rally organizer Jason Kessler is helped by police after being tackled by a woman after he attempted to speak at a press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 13, 2017. REUTERS/Justin Ide
Unite The Right rally organizer Jason Kessler is helped by police after being tackled by a woman following his attempt to speak at a press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 13, 2017. REUTERS/Justin Ide
Jason Kessler is helped by police after being tackled by a woman after he attempted to speak at a press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 13, 2017. REUTERS/Justin Ide
Unite The Right rally organizer Jason Kessler is escorted by police after he attempted to speak at a press conference in front of Charlottesville City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 13, 2017. REUTERS/Justin Ide
Jason Kessler being escorted away by State Police. Jason Kessler, one of the main organizers for the Unite The Right Rally held this weekend in Charlottesville, Attempted to hold a press conference to counter the events of Saturday. The Presser last about 3 minutes before Kessler was chased and beaten. He was evacuated by Virginia State Police. (Photo by Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Alt-right blogger Jason Kessler waits for protesters to quiet before begnning a news conference in front of City Hall August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Kessler, who helped organize the Unite the Right rally one day earlier, blamed Charlottesville government officials and law enforcement for failing to protect the first amendment rights of the rally's participants, a collection of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and alt-right supporters (Photo by Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 13: Counter protesters shout as Jason Kessler, an organizer of 'Unite the Right' rally, tries to speak outside the Charlottesville City Hall on August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The city of Charlottesville remains on edge following violence at a 'Unite the Right' rally held by white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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“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.

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