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KKK Figure Sentence To Eight Years In Prison After Firing Weapon At Charlottesville Rally

Richard Preston Jr., a self-identified Ku Klux Klan leader was sentenced to eight years in prison with four years suspended on Wednesday after illegally firing a weapon during last year’s white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., according to The Daily Progress.

After pleading no contest earlier this year to a charge of firing a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school property, prosecutors presented video evidence in May of Preston drawing a pistol and firing at an African-American counterprotester during the rally.

“I think you came looking for a fight and you got what you were looking for,” Judge Richard E. Moore told Preston, according to the Daily Progress.

Moore also dismissed Preston’s claim that he was acting in self-defense.

“This whole thing was driven by anger and belligerence, not fear,” Moore said. “I don’t find you were saving anyone’s life.”

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