White supremacist found guilty of assaulting a black man in Charlottesville parking garage
Jacob Scott Goodwin was finally convicted of severely beating DeAndre Harris at a parking garage during Unite the Right rally last year.
The incident took place on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. A jury of nine women and three men considered Goodwin guilty of malicious wounding.
The same jury recommended a sentence of ten years in prison, as well as $20 000 fine, but Richard E. Moore, the presiding judge, will only set the sentence on August 23, as reported by The Washington Post.
The attack was so brutal that Harris, a 20-year-old, was sent to the hospital with a spinal injury, a broken arm and head wounds that required doctors to use a total of eight staples to close them.
Goodwin told a jury “I was trying to neutralize a threat,” when he joined in the assault on DeAndre Harris, but today it was that same jury that showed him how neutralizing a threat is done. https://t.co/MruVgTIbEj pic.twitter.com/ZzQqt3SjIa— Daryle Lamont Jenkins (@DLamontJenkins) May 2, 2018
Tens of thousands of people have seen the footage, which spread through social media like wildfire. In the video, Goodwin can be seen repeatedly kicking Harris while holding a plastic shield.
Gooding claimed that he acted in self-defense, believing that Harris was going to hurt him. But assistant commonwealth's attorney Nina-Alice Antony had a different opinion: she argued in court that Goodwin's intentions were clear.
“He was outfitted for battle. He’s got large goggles, boots. He’s got a full body shield.”
Nina-Alice Antony, The Washington Post, May 2, 2018
During the attack, three other men joined Goodwin: Alex Michael Ramos from Georgia, Daniel Borden from Ohio and Tyler Watkins Davis from Florida. They have all been arrested and will face trials this summer.
Harris, who was acquitted in March of misdemeanor assault against one of the white supremacist, was present during Goodwin's trial. He remaining mostly silent, asking only for a tissue at some point in the session.
Black Lives Matter activist, Shaun King, took to his Twitter page to proudly share the jury's verdict. He was part of a group who helped identify the attackers in the video and bring them to justice
Harris and Goodwin's confrontation was only one of several acts of violence that took place during the Charlottesville rally. Heather D. Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, ended up losing her life after a neo-Nazi drove his Dodge Charger into a crowd.