'Unite The Right Rally' Goer, Who Took Part In Brutal Attack On DeAndre Harris, Sentenced To Prison
The attacker's family denied he did anything wrong even though he confessed to the crime.
January 08, 2019 at 4:19 pm
A 20-year-old Huber Heights, Ohio, man, captured on video beating a Black counterprotester at 2017's Unite the Right rally, has been sentenced to three years in prison for his part in the attack.
Circuit Judge Richard Moore sentenced Borden to three years and 10 months Monday as part of a plea deal entered in May 2018. The rally-goer was initially sentenced for 20 years in prison, but the sentence was shortened due to the plea deal, The AP notes.
Although Borden did not admit guilt, he acknowledged the prosecution had enough evidence to get a conviction. Video from the August 2017 rally where numerous white nationalist and white supremacist groups descended on Charlottesville showed Borden beating Harris with a wooden plank.
Other men seen in the video used pipes and sticks to bash Harris as others watched the vicious attack. The victim received eight staples in his head, had a broken wrist and sustained multiple injuries, USA Today reports.
"This is one of the worst beatings I've ever seen as a lawyer or judge," Moore said.
Photos and other videos from the rally showed the attacker wearing a white hardhat with the moniker "Commie Killer" written in black marker.
Here is video of neo-Nazi Matt Colligan (@Mlllennial_Matt) gloating with DeAndre Harris's attacker Dan Borden (wearing a helmet that says "killer") immediately after filming him brutally beating Harris with a stick. Borden is awaiting trial and has been denied bond. pic.twitter.com/FIc73ctK7y— Luke Turner (@Luke_Turner) November 27, 2017
We have now identified:— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 15, 2017
Michael A. Ramos
Daniel "Dan" Borden
They are guilty of felony assault.
3 more people to go. pic.twitter.com/neqgDTPca0
Borden told the court he was not a racist nor bigot, and the attack was carried out in "self-defense."
"One thing is clear," Moore said. "Borden felt he was justified. He was not."
Despite the video evidence and Borden's confession, his family remained skeptical of their loved one's wrongdoing.
"I absolutely don't think my son did anything wrong," his father, Rick Borden, said.
Local outlet City Beat reports Borden has a history of anti-Semitism. When he attended Mason High School, a 13-year-old Borden pulled a knife on another student because he thought he was Jewish. There are also reports the then-teen drew Swastikas and gave a Nazi salute.
"As with all prosecutions surrounding the August 12, 2017 attack of DeAndre Harris, this office is hopeful that today's outcome brings some measure of solace and closure to him and the community at large," Ohio attorney Joseph Platania said after the sentencing.
The two-day rally culminated in violence throughout the city over a now-removed statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. White supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his car into counterprotesters killing 33-year-old Heather Heyer. He is facing a life sentence plus 419 years behind bars.
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