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Virginia man convicted of punching Charlottesville rally organizer fined $1

Jason Kessler, organizer for Unite the Right, a gathering of white nationalists, was escorted away from his news conference after he was punched at City Hall in Charlottesville, Va., on August 13, 2017.
Jason Kessler, organizer for Unite the Right, a gathering of white nationalists, was escorted away from his news conference after he was punched at City Hall in Charlottesville, Va., on August 13, 2017.(Edu Bayer/The New York Times/File 2017)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A Virginia man convicted of an assault against the organizer of last summer’s violent white nationalist rally during a news conference has been handed a $1 fine.

Prosecutors said Jeffrey Winder could be seen on video punching Jason Kessler, who was mobbed after he attempted to hold a news conference on the day after violence erupted in Charlottesville.

The Daily Progress reports Winder was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery for a second time during an appeal trial Tuesday. The jury could have sentenced Winder to up to 12 months of jail time and $2,500 in fines. They decided to give him a $1 fine with no jail time.

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The newspaper reports that a couple of jurors could be seen tearing up as their verdict was read.