One at a time, the white supremacists filmed last year battering a black man in a parking garage in Charlottesville, Virginia, are learning that they will be facing significant jail time.
Following a series of guilty verdicts over the past few weeks, a judge on Monday found Daniel Borden, 19, guilty of assaulting DeAndre Harris during last August’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
Borden, who was filmed beating Harris with a stick — all while wearing a white hard hat that read “Commie Killer” — entered an Alford plea, effectively admitting that enough evidence existed to find him guilty.
The presiding judge recommend a six-year sentence for Borden, who will receive his formal sentence in October.
Despite his youth, Borden already has a notable history of white supremacist violence and rhetoric. For instance, according to WCPO, a former middle school classmate accused Borden of threatening him with a knife, calling him “Jew Boy.” Borden, who had previously been charged with disorderly conduct for threatening a school shooting, also reportedly claimed to be a member of a group called “Brothers of Confederacy.”
Borden’s sentence is the latest to come against the white supremacists who descended on Charlottesville last year. Others who joined Borden in beating Harris, such as Jacob Scott Goodwin, have recently been found guilty of malicious wounding. Goodwin was seen wearing Nazi paraphernalia, in addition to a pin with the symbol for the Traditionalist Worker Party, during the beating. Alex Ramos was also found guilty earlier this month.
Harris suffered both a broken arm and spinal injury due to the assault. One other white supremacist, Tyler Davis, is still facing charges related to the beating.
The white supremacists who assaulted Harris are not the only “Unite the Right” participants now facing significant jail time. Richard Preston, a 53-year-old who attended the rally, was found guilty this month of firing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school. He will be sentenced in August.