Saturday, July 21, 2018
Chris Cantwell Pleads Guilty; Barred From Virginia For Five Years
Self-professed white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, who was arrested last August in Charlottesville after the “Unite the Right” rally, on Friday pleaded guilty to assault and battery according to prosecutors, the Washington Post reports.
Cantwell at one time claimed he was a libertarian but appears to have moved in quite a different direction.
The melee that occurred in Charlottesville last August between, for the most part, white nationalists and Antifa, saw much pushing and shoving and minor more aggressive attacks (in addition to the neo-Nazi who over that weekend used his car as a lethal weapon, killing a woman and injuring 35 other people).
Specifically, Cantwell pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery stemming from his dispersal of pepper spray. Got that? Using pepper spray got him in the slammer. The authorities don't like Cantwell in Charlottesville.
On Friday, he was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 12 months, with all but seven months suspended, freeing him from detention. (He was held in prison before trial after his arrest for seven months).
As part of his sentence, he was also required to leave Virginia within eight hours and not return for five years.
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