Last year, white supremacist Matthew Heimbach — one of the most prominent faces of the so-called “alt-right” — was riding high, and talking about potentially running for Indiana state legislature.
Now, though, Heimbach has different plans in store. With his group and his marriage in tatters, Heimbach will be spending part of the summer in jail.
A judge this week sentenced Heimbach to 38 days in prison for violating probation terms stemming from a 2017 conviction, when Heimbach was found guilty of shoving a woman at a pro-Trump rally. WDRB reported that Heimbach’s sentence does not carry an admission of guilt.
As the Louisville Courier Journal wrote, Heimbach’s 90-day sentence for his 2017 charge was waived on the condition that Heimbach not re-offend for two years. That agreement collapsed in the midst of one of the most bizarre love triangles — or love squares, perhaps — America’s white supremacist community has ever seen.
According to a police report, earlier this year Heimbach’s father-in-law, Matthew Parrott, discovered Heimbach having an affair with Parrott’s wife. Parrott then confronted Heimbach, who proceeded to assault Parrott. The report also asserted that Heimbach assaulted his own wife — who recently filed for divorce.
Heimbach may face additional jail time for the family assault, with his pre-trial hearing in that case scheduled for the end of the month.
Heimbach has remained largely quiet on both the fallout from his affair, as well as the new sentence. As the presiding judge said during this week’s sentencing, “Mr. Heimbach, I really hope I do not see you back in this court.”
If it’s any consolation, Heimbach won’t have to worry about what will happen to his group, the Traditionalist Worker Party, while he’s in prison — the group, following his affair, has already disintegrated. What a difference a year can make.