US KKK leader found guilty of firing gun during Charlottesville rally

22:56  08 may  2018
22:56  08 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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The leader of a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is being extradited to Virginia after he was arrested in Baltimore on Saturday. Authorities believe he’s the man responsible for shooting a gun into a crowd of people during protests and rallies in Charlottesville , Virginia.

— A Ku Klux Klan leader charged with firing a gun during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August has been denied bail. Richard Wilson Preston, 52, was arrested following the release of a video, filmed by the ACLU of Virginia

a group of people standing in front of a crowd © Provided by The Hill A Maryland man who claims to be a Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard was found guilty of illegally firing a weapon during last year's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Richard W. Preston Jr. entered a plea of no contest to the charge of firing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school property, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard E. Moore immediately found Preston guilty.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine when he is sentenced on Wednesday.

By pleading no contest, Preston acknowledged that there was enough evidence to convict him, even without him admitting he committed a crime.

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The Ku Klux Klan leader accused of firing a gun during the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville will soon be joining the Weepy Nazi™ behind bars in Virginia. Richard Wilson Preston, 52

A Baltimore Ku Klux Klan leader who authorities say fired a gun during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is in custody in Virginia awaiting a court appearance this week.

That evidence being a viral video of Preston drawing a pistol and firing at an African American protester during the Aug. 12 "Unite The Right" rally, The Post reported.

The footage, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, shows Preston dressed in a bandana and a tactical vest.

Counter-protester Corey A. Long was shooting out large flames with an aerosol can when Preston fired at his feet, The Post reported. Long also faces a misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charge.

Preston argued in October that he fired his weapon because one of his friends felt threatened by the flames.

During interviews with reporters, Preston identified himself as the imperial wizard of the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, The Post reported.

Another white supremacist was found guilty last week of beating a black man inside a parking garage during the protest.

Self-professed neo-Nazi James A. Fields Jr. will head to trial in November for allegedly running over and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, The Post reported.

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