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Virginia man convicted of punching rally organizer fined $1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A Virginia man convicted of punching the organizer of last summer’s white nationalist rally after he attempted to hold a news conference has been fined $1.

Jeffrey Winder of Afton was found guilty Tuesday of misdemeanor assault and battery for a second time during an appeal trial Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Winder could be seen on video punching Jason Kessler, who was mobbed after he called a news conference on Aug. 13, 2017, the day after the ‘‘Unite the Right’’ rally drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville, along with counterprotesters. A woman protesting the white nationalists was killed and dozens more were injured when a car plowed into a crowd.

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Kessler briefly made remarks at the news conference before a crowd began heckling him, prompting him to flee.

Jurors could have sentenced Winder to up to 12 months of jail time and $2,500 in fines. They decided instead to give him the $1 fine.

associated press