3 California Men Sentenced for Violence at Virginia White Nationalist Rally

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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” clash with counter-protesters as they enter Emancipation Park during the “Unite the Right” rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Three members of a white supremacist group have been sentenced to between two and three years in prison for punching, kicking and choking anti-racism protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia and political rallies in California.

Members of the now-defunct Rise Above Movement were caught on camera assaulting counterprotesters before a planned “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville in August 2017.

Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis and Thomas Gillen each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to riot.

The men were sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville.

Daley, of Torrance, California, was sentenced to 37 months in prison. Gillen, of Redondo Beach, California, received a sentence of 33 months. Miselis, of Lawndale, California, received 27 months.

U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said the men were motivated by “hateful ideology.”

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