The self-proclaimed Ku Klux Klan leader Harry H. Rogers faced charges including a hit and run, destruction of property and 4 counts of assault after hitting a Black Lives Matter protester with his car.
36 year old Rogers, from Virginia, drove his car into protesters in Richmond in June.
There were no deaths but Rogers 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 which are felonies.
On June 7th, according to the Henrico County Police of Virginia, 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.”
Rogers was charged with hate crimes for targeting black protesters but these were dismissed in court.
Rogers was sentenced to six years in prison and is still awaiting the outcome of his attempted malicious wounding charges which are punishable by five to 20 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.
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