Man pleads guilty to punching woman at Charlottesville rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A man has pleaded guilty to punching a woman as she yelled anti-racist chants at white supremacists at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Thirty-seven-year-old Dennis Mothersbaugh of North Vernon, Indiana, pleaded guilty to assault and battery Friday in Charlottesville. He was sentenced to eight months in jail.

The Daily Progress reports that 21-year-old Jacob Smith of Louisa County, Virginia, also pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor assault and battery. He was charged with assaulting a reporter on Aug. 12 as she was covering the events following the car attack that killed Heather Heyer and injured of others.

Smith received a suspended sentence and was ordered to perform community service.

© 2017 Associated Press


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