Man fined just $1 for punching White Supremacist Kessler who organized Charlottesville rally

Jeffrey Winder had earlier denied hitting Kessler during a press conference on August 13, 2017, however, he was eventually found guilty of assault.


                            Man fined just $1 for punching White Supremacist Kessler who organized Charlottesville rally

A man from Virginia, who was found guilty of punching Jason Kessler, the organizer of Charlottesville's far-right rally last year, has reportedly been fined a total of $1, according to reports.

The man, identified as Jeffrey Winder, had earlier denied hitting Kessler during a press conference on August 13, 2017, however, he was eventually found guilty of assault and battery in February 2018. Kessler had attempted giving a press conference on the day of "Unite The Right" white supremacist rally, where several counterprotesters were injured, and one died after a white supremacist rammed his into a crowd of counterprotesters.

A protesters carries an image of Heather Heyer during a demonstration against racism and the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 14, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protesters estimated at more than 1,000 blocked streets and light rail during the action.
A protesters carries an image of Heather Heyer during a demonstration against racism and the violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 14, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protesters estimated at more than 1,000 blocked streets and light rail during the action.

 

Shortly after the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Kessler, who tried to speak to the media, was forced to flee. He was nearly ambushed by an angry crowd, and it was then when Winder snatched a window to attack Kessler.

Prosecutors on Wednesday said that Winder could be seen punching Kessler in the head as the latter and was handed a 30-day suspended prison sentence after the trial, according to The Daily Progress.

Kessler initially had said that he did not know who the attacker was, however, after the Charlottesville Police Department investigation, he said that he was certain it was Winder.

"I was attacked in front of the whole world, and then people made fun of me for it," Kessler told the news outlet.

 

Surrounded by his supporters, reporters and Fairfax County Police, Jason Kessler (C) walks toward the Vienna/Fairfax GMU Metro Station to travel by train to the White House for his white supremacist 'Unite the Right' rally August 12, 2018 in Vienna, Virginia. Thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate against the 'white civil rights' rally in Washington, which was planned by the organizer of last year's deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Surrounded by his supporters, reporters and Fairfax County Police, Jason Kessler (C) walks toward the Vienna/Fairfax GMU Metro Station to travel by train to the White House for his white supremacist 'Unite the Right' rally August 12, 2018 in Vienna, Virginia. Thousands of protesters are expected to demonstrate against the 'white civil rights' rally in Washington, which was planned by the organizer of last year's deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

Winder, however, had appealed his conviction, denying that he was the one who attacked Kessler. Now, a jury in Charlottesville Circuit Court has found Winder guilty again for the same charges; however, they have fined him just $1 with no jail time.

Reports state that according to sentencing guidelines, Winder could have been imprisoned for up to 12 months and could have had to pay a fine of up to $2,500.

Winder's lawyer, James Abrenio, said that the white supremacist brought the attack on himself after he tried to benefit from the violence by holding a press conference right after Heyer's murder, according to reports.

Abrenio, while talking to WVIR, outside the court, said: "The circumstance of this case is obviously not something that I don't think has ever been seen before: We have a guy [Kessler] who is going out of his way to take, make profit off tragedy, and that's really what this is about."