2 men sentenced to prison for Aug. 12 beating of DeAndre Harris
UPDATE (5:30 p.m.):
The second man convicted of beating DeAndre Harris in a Charlottesville parking garage during the Aug. 12, 2017 "Unite the Right" rally has been sentenced to prison as well.
Alex Ramos was convicted of malicious wounding back in May.
On August 23, he was sentenced to six years in prison.
During the trial, prosecutors said Ramos hit Harris in the back of the head while Harris was being attacked in the parking garage by a group of men. Prosecution also claimed Ramos made a Facebook post bragging about the attack.
Ramos is said to have traveled to Charlottesville in support of conservative friends marching in the "Unite the Right" rally. Ramos said he is Puerto Rican and not racist.
In the opening statements, the defense attorney admitted that Ramos took a "cheap shot" at Harris but said that Ramos should not be charged with something as serious as malicious wounding. He also stated that Ramos should not be blamed for the actions of the rest of the group.
Harris suffered a spinal injury, a broken arm and head lacerations that required eight staples after the parking garage assault, which came after the Unite the Right rally was declared an unlawful assembly.
Ramos was among several people involved in the beating, which occurred in the Market Street parking garage after the Unite The Right rally was declared an unlawful assembly.
Earlier Thursday, Jacob Goodwin, who was also involved, was sentenced to ten years in prison with two years suspended.
One of the men convicted of malicious wounding for the beating of Deandre Harris during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017 has been sentenced.
Jacob Goodwin was sentenced to ten years in prison with two years suspended.
He will also be on supervised probation for five years following his release.
, the Arkansas man claimed self-defense. However, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Nina-Alice Antony said it was Goodwin who wanted to square off.
Harris suffered a spinal injury, a broken arm and head lacerations that required eight staples after the parking garage assault. Three others were arrested.
In court for his sentencing, Goodwin repeatedly apologized, expressing remorse for what happened to Harris.
He has been ordered to pay a $5,000 fine as well.
The beating occurred in the Market Street parking garage after the Unite the Right rally was declared an unlawful assembly on Aug. 12, 2017.
A second man, Alex Ramos, was
for hitting Harris in the back of the head during the assault
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