*A jury on Tuesday (May 1) found Ward, Arkansas resident and white supremacist Jacob Goodwin guilty of “malicious wounding” in the attack of DeAndre Harris during the Charlottesville protests.
Goodwin, 23, was arrested in October after footage surfaced of at least five men viciously beating 20-year-old Harris in a Charlottesville, Virginia parking garage on August 12. Harris, a former special education instructional assistant, suffered a broken arm, a spinal injury, and had to receive eight staples for head lacerations.
The attack occurred during the violently racist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer, which was organized to protest the scheduled removal of a monument to Civil War general Robert E. Lee. The video revealed Harris to have been outfitted in pins glorifying Hitler and the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist group.
Assistant commonwealth attorney Nina-Alice Antony told the jury that during the parking lot attack Goodwin was, “outfitted for battle…. He’s got large goggles, boots. He’s got a full body shield,” according to The Washington Post.
The jury’s recommended sentence was ten years (with the potential to suspend some of that time), and a $20,000 fine. Judge Richard E. Moore will sentence Goodwin on August 23.
Three other men were arrested in connection with the beating on charges that include felonious assault and malicious wounding. Alex Michael Ramos, Daniel Borden and Tyler Watkins face upcoming trials soon.