A man who prosecutors described as a Ku Klux Klan leader was sentenced this week to six years in prison after driving into a group of Black Lives Matter protesters outside Richmond, Va., in June.
The man, Harry H. Rogers, 36, was convicted on Monday by a judge in Henrico County District Court of six misdemeanors, including assault, destruction of property and hit-and-run charges. He was handed the maximum penalty on each count.
Mr. Rogers still faces three felony counts of attempted malicious wounding.
The charges all stemmed from an episode on June 7. The Henrico County police were notified that witnesses at a protest north of Richmond had reported that a vehicle revved its engine and “drove through the protesters occupying the roadway.” There were no life-threatening injuries reported, according to Lt. Matthew Pecka of the Henrico County Police Department. Shannon L. Taylor, the commonwealth’s attorney for Henrico County, said three people were injured.
Ms. Taylor described Mr. Rogers in a statement as “an admitted leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a propagandist for Confederate ideology.” Despite a decline in organized K.K.K. groups in the United States, there has been a consistent link between criminal activity and the group, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
The authorities presented additional charges against Mr. Rogers in late June, including four counts of assault with hate crimes. Although the judge convicted Mr. Rogers of the four assault charges without applying Ms. Taylor’s hate-crime enhancements, Mr. Rogers received the maximum sentence for each of the six counts on which he was convicted.
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SOURCE: The New York Times, Allyson Walker