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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- A white Arkansas man charged in the beating of a black man during a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., has been found guilty of malicious wounding.

Jacob Scott Goodwin, 23, was found guilty Tuesday night for the August attack on 20-year-old DeAndre Harris during last year's "Unite the Right" rally.

The jury recommended a sentence of 10 years, with the option of suspending some time and a $20,000 fine.

Harris suffered a spinal injury, a broken arm and head lacerations that required eight staples after the parking garage assault. Three others were arrested.

Goodwin's attorney, Elmer Woodard, argued Harris, then working as a YMCA camp counselor, went to pick a fight and that his client was just trying to defend himself.

"[Goodwin] came to exercise free speech. Mr. Harris went to abuse free speech -- not to exercise it, but abuse it," Woodward said in his opening statement.

However, Nina-Alice Antony, assistant commonwealth attorney, said it was Goodwin who wanted to square off.

"He was outfitted for battle," she told the jury in opening statements. "He's got large goggles, boots. He's got a full body shield."

Goodwin also reportedly wore two pins, one bearing the number 88, a code for "Heil Hitler," and a second with the logo for the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white-nationalist group.

The rally was held to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park.

The attack inside the Market Street parking garage, next to the Charlottesville Police Department, was one of several acts of violence during the rally. A self-professed neo-Nazi rammed his Dodge Charger into a crowd that day, killing 32-year-old counterprotester Heather Heyer, a paralegal.

Footage of the August beating has been viewed online tens of thousands of times and attracted a group of online sleuths, led by Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King. They tracked down many alleged perpetrators' identities, including that of Goodwin.

Goodwin was arrested in October at a residence outside Austin in rural Lonoke County.

An NBC News documentary titled Path to Radicalization, released last month, featured Goodwin and his family. In it, Goodwin speaks by jail phone wearing a jumpsuit and calls himself an advocate for "white civil rights" through his affiliation with the Arkansas ShieldWall Network.

"I went to Charlottesville to protest politicians trying to buy into that fad that we're progressive and we want to remove this racist history," Goodwin said, adding he wished to "kindle the flame of our ancestors and rise above."

Goodwin's parents spoke to him from behind glass as an NBC News crew filmed their interaction.

From the kitchen table of their home, both defended their son and said they don't necessarily agree with all of his viewpoints.

Goodwin's mother, Tamera, told an NBC filmmaker that her son is "just a political prisoner, and I couldn't be more proud."

Information for this article was contributed by Ian Shapria of The Washington Post; by staff members of The Associated Press; and by Brandon Riddle of Arkansas Online.


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  • RBear
    May 3, 2018 at 6:36 a.m.

    "Goodwin's mother, Tamera, told an NBC filmmaker that her son is 'just a political prisoner, and I couldn't be more proud.'" Yep, that's the kind of mentality white supremacists have. It's all about the "gubment" taking away their right to attack people of other races.

  • RBear
    May 3, 2018 at 7:49 a.m.

    Saw where students at Bentonville HS held a 2A rally. A whopping FIVE students, two waving Confederate flags.

  • TuckerMax
    May 3, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.

    But there were "good people" involved on the White Nationalist side. I know because my President said so.

  • Dontsufferfools
    May 3, 2018 at 9:05 a.m.

    The nut didn't fall far from the tree.

  • ketchupmustard
    May 3, 2018 at 9:53 a.m.

    No surprise the parents live in utter squalor in a dilapidated trailer. . . but of course, they're the "master race." Every time you see these people, it just takes one look to blow apart the theory of white supremacy -- close set eyes, chronically unemployed, living in squalor.

  • mrcharles
    May 3, 2018 at 10:31 a.m.

    Is he still eligible to run for office here in Arkansas? Would be hard to beat in most places in arkansas , as we all know it is a red state and a trump state . GM could be his campaign manager and a sarah sanders spokesman type for GM. Top political ad would be to include both standing before a statue of the gentlemen General Lee and both with their pin 88, which would guarantee close to 90% vote of all red state type voters.

    The documentary proves that it is not always a postive to have both daddy and mommy together.... and proof is the son they raised.

  • GeneralMac
    May 3, 2018 at 10:47 a.m.

    Turn the scenario around.........

    If there was rally by the hate group Black Lives Matter and a white guy tried to grab a poster while another white guy started beating the poster carrier with a metal flashlight..........I doubt the bully with the metal flashlight would have survived the beating by Blacks.

    Black man Harris came out of this in much better condition than a white man would have if the tables were turned.

  • RBear
    May 3, 2018 at 11:14 a.m.

    And the fake general makes even more racist comments. Face it, he was white and a racist thug. That's all there is. You can't white wash this away (get it).

  • GeneralMac
    May 3, 2018 at 11:21 a.m.

    I don't defend this thug.

    He should have taken the metal flashlight away from Black bully Harris and only cracked him over the head a couple times and quit.

    Black bully Harris ..was.. hitting an innocent white protester over the head with a metal flashlight.

  • PopMom
    May 3, 2018 at 11:25 a.m.


    Harris was acquitted in a court of law. Let us not forget that the one death at the rally was caused by a white supremacist. For a good look at a black gentleman who is superior to you in intellect and character, tune into jeopardy tonight to watch last night's winner from North Little Rock.