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Last man charged in beating of DeAndre Harris during Charlottesville rally pleads

In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 photo, DeAndre Harris, bottom is assaulted in a parking garage...
In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 photo, DeAndre Harris, bottom is assaulted in a parking garage beside the Charlottesville police station after a white nationalist rally was disbursed by police, in Charlottesville, Va. (Zach D. Roberts via AP)(WHSV)
Published: Feb. 11, 2019 at 12:33 PM EST
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A Florida man charged for his role in the beating of a black man during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has entered an Alford plea.

50-year-old Tyler Watkins Davis acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of malicious wounding without admitting guilt Friday. Davis was one of four charged in the Aug. 12, 2017, beating of DeAndre Harris.

Prosecutor Nina-Alice Antony said video shows Davis striking Harris in the head with a tire thumper, which resembles a club.

Davis' attorney, Matthew L. Engle, didn't dispute Harris' injuries, but said he would have argued Davis acted in "imperfect self-defense" if the case had gone to trial.

The other three men charged have already been sentenced to prison. Davis faces up to 20 years when he's sentenced in August.