Three members of a pro-Trump white supremacist group were sentenced to prison time on Friday over violence at a 2017 neo-nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va., as well as other rallies in California.
Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen each received between two- and three-year sentences, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia said in a statement on Friday.
Daley was sentenced to 37 months in prison, while Gillen received 33 months and Miselis received 27 months. Each of the men are within the ages of 25-30. A fourth defendant, Cole Evan White, will be sentenced at a later date, U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said in a statement.
“These defendants, motivated by hateful ideology, incited and committed acts of violence in Charlottesville, as well at other purported political rallies in California,” the statement said. “They were not interested in peaceful protest or lawful First Amendment expression; instead, they intended to provoke and engage in street battles with those that they perceived as their enemies.”
The men were members of the “Rise Above Movement,” a white supremacist group that promoted violence at Trump rallies, according to officials. The men attended two rallies in California as well as the August 2017 Charlottesville rally, where Daley and Miselis were found to have assaulted protesters and other individuals, the Justice Department said.
Special Agent in Charge David Archey of the FBI said the sentences “demonstrate the U.S. Government’s intolerance of the use of violence, by anyone, to infringe upon the right of others to assemble peacefully.”
Earlier this month, the man already sentenced to life in prison on federal hate crime charges for killing one person and injuring dozens more during the Charlottesville rally was further sentenced to life plus 419 years on state murder and wounding charges.
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