Posted on August 22, 2018

KKK Figure Sentenced to Eight Years for Firing Gun at Virginia Rally

Reuters, August 21, 2018

A Maryland man who identified himself as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan was sentenced on Tuesday to eight years in prison, four of which were suspended, for firing a pistol during last summer’s deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.


At the same “Unite the Right” rally, a man drove a car into a group of demonstrators protesting against white nationalists, killing a woman. James Alex Fields faces murder and hate crime charges in forthcoming trials in that incident.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia had posted a video on Twitter of a man, who media reports identified as Preston, walking in a crowd past a man wielding a flamethrower, before walking back toward the man and firing at him at close range.


The man with the flamethrower, Corey Long, was not injured. Long was found guilty of disorderly conduct, according to court records. He has appealed the sentence, and the appeal trial will start in January.