CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA — The jury has found one of DeAndre Harris’ racist attackers guilty. But, how will you feel about his sentence?
According to Washington Post, one of the racists who viciously attacked a special education assistant instructor, DeAndre Harris, inside a parking garage during last year’s “Unite the Right” neo-Nazi rally has been found guilty.
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The guilty verdict, based on malicious wounding, came Tuesday night, May 1.
The source notes Jacob Scott Goodwin, 23, as the attacker. On August 12, Goodwin wore a military tactical helmet and carried a large shield during the attack against DeAndre Harris.
He was convicted by a jury of nine women and three men.
Per jury recommendation, they want Goodwin to serve a sentence of 10 years, with the option of suspending some of the time — as well as a $20,000 fine.
However, Judge Richard E. Moore will reportedly set the sentence on August 23.
WHAT HAPPENED IN COURT
According to Washington Post, when the court clerk read the jury’s sentence recommendation, the racist’s mother let out a “loud gasp.”
And get this.
When Goodwin actually testified, he told the jury he “was terrified” and was attacking DeAndre out of self-defense.
Mind you, DeAndre Harris suffered a spinal injury, a broken arm, and head lacerations that required eight staples in Goodwin’s alleged “self-defense” attack.
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The Washington Post recounts Goodwin’s testimony as follows.
“When Goodwin took the stand, he told the jury he’d seen Harris assault Crews and then saw Harris charging toward him. ‘I thought he was a hostile. . . . To be honest, I was terrified,’ Goodwin said, adding that he thought, ‘I’d probably perish or be sent to the hospital and be terribly hurt.’ He said he engaged in self-defense and felt he had only one choice, which was to kick Harris four times while Harris was falling down on the garage floor and scrambling to get back up multiple times. ‘I was trying to neutralize a threat,’ Goodwin said.”
NOTE: For lying under oath like that, he should get a harsher punishment, no? He knows good and well, “self-defense” was nowhere near what was happening to DeAndre Harris.
Goodwin’s attorney, Elmer Woodard, told the jury that Goodwin “came to exercise free speech. Mr. Harris went to abuse free speech — not to exercise it, but abuse it,” as reports the Post.
However, online footage of the beating has been viewed million of times. You can clearly see who’s attacking who.
Luckily, thanks to the efforts of Journalist Shaun King — the source reports — they tracked down the racist attackers’ identities, including Goodwin.
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Goodwin lives in Ward, Arkansas. The source says he was arrested about two months after the neo-Nazi rally.
Nina-Alice Antony, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney, said it was Goodwin came to the rally to fight. She told the jury as follows.
“He was outfitted for battle. He’s got large goggles, boots. He’s got a full body shield.”
The attack inside the Market Street parking garage, next to the Charlottesville Police Department, was only one of the many violent acts committed during the rally.
“Videos of the parking garage attack on Harris — and of its preceding moments — have been scrutinized frame by frame by Harris’ defenders and white nationalists, each side debating whether Harris was a victim or an instigator,” Washington Post reports.
Fortunately, Harris was acquitted in March of misdemeanor assault and battery against one of the racists involved in the confrontation.
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